Big things happen when you ask the right questions.
In 2005, Jeff Papenfus scrawled a question on a bar napkin – Why aren’t we doing this in Greenville? The ‘this’ in question was The Charleston Digital Corridor, an initiative to build and maintain a network of entrepreneurs and supporters with the aim of nurturing and promoting local economic growth.
Jeff saw that the model worked, and he knew it would work in Greenville, too.
Jeff’s simple note-to-self soon snowballed, and a group of Greenville entrepreneurs began the efforts that would form NEXT.
From the start, NEXT’s goal has been to connect entrepreneurs to a rich network of support, to provide education and opportunities for growth, and to promote the efforts of innovative companies in Greenville, SC.
We at NEXT know that innovative small companies are critical to true economic development. We know that in creating a local ecosystem where these ventures will thrive, high quality jobs and a rich economy will follow.
President & CEO
Director – Comm. & Culture
Board Of Directors
NEXT is a Greenville Chamber creation
Peter Barth (Chair)
The Iron Yard
Jon Michial Carter
Greenville Health System
City of Greenville
On July 30, 2011, NEXT co-founder, entrepreneur, community leader, outdoor enthusiast, and husband Jeff Papenfus passed away unexpectedly while doing something he greatly enjoyed: mountain biking. His passing was a shock to the family of entrepreneurs here and his leadership and commitment to action is greatly missed. However, Jeff’s infectious smile and entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the work of NEXT and the hard work and dedication of the many entrepreneurs he touched through the years.