Our Mission

Position South Carolina to be a US leader for emerging tech



The mission of the South Carolina Emerging Tech Association Inc. (SCETA) is to foster innovation by creating an economic development initiative within the state that advocates, educates, and attracts emerging technology growth throughout South Carolina.


Who we are

We started in 2018 as PalmettoChain, Inc., a grass roots group of blockchain enthusiasts that believe every individual, business, and branch of government in the great state of South Carolina can benefit from this and other emerging technologies.


Since our inception we have recognized that blockchain combined with other emerging techs, like artificial intelligence and robotics, are already creating efficiencies and are just at the outset of developing systems heretofore unimaginable. These technologies are creating new business models and eliminating third party intermediaries, increasing efficiencies through decentralization providing transactional transparency, auditability and eliminating systemic bottlenecks, while maintaining integrity of siloed, proprietary data.


We believe that South Carolina can become a world leader by adopting an appropriate economic development plan that woos the software and hardware technology companies, startups and entrepreneurs creating this paradigm and is intended to complement the state’s current “smokestack” manufacturing model of tax credits and other economic incentives.


We have the knowledge, experience, and network to get this done.


Our Team

Dennis Fassuliotis

President SCETA, Executive Director & Co-founder of PalmettoChain, Inc.

Co-founder South Carolina Blockchain Inc. 

Dr. Gordon Jones

Director, Co-Founder ValidIDe, Co-Founder of PalmettoChain, Inc.

Doug Morton

Director, Corp Secretary

Craig Ratliff

Director, CFO

Eric Martin


William H. Kleindienst, Esq.

Legal Consultant, Co-Chair SCETA Economic Development Council

Our Advisory Board

Paul Campbell

SC Senator (retired)

Sen. Tom Davis

Senator, SC District 46

Rep. Stewart Jones, CBP

SC House Representative 

Rep. Garry Smith

SC House Representative 

Jonathon C. Dunsmoor, Esq

Securities Attorney / Investor/ Speaker

Rep. Terry Alexander

SC House Representative 

Rep. Sylleste Davis

Representative, SC House District 100

Dr. Gerald P. Dwyer

Professor of Economics and BB&T Scholar – Clemson University

Patrick Hidalgo



Paul Dela Magoria

GoBeep, Inc.

Russell Cann

Entrepreneur, Capitalist, Philanthropis


Robert Viglione

Co-Founder &

CEO at Horizen Labs

Blockchain networks are transforming societies all over the World.

The South Carolina Emerging Technology Association aims to bring South Carolina into the forefront of the blockchain revolution by fostering a productive ecosystem for innovation throughout the state. In service of that goal, we are actively recruiting presenters and sponsors for our online content and live events. Click below to submit your information.

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