Events

Upstate SC is quickly becoming an epicenter for successful, thriving companies. As the Upstate flourishes, NEXT focuses on supporting scalable ventures with programming.

With a series of foundational events, NEXT offers endless opportunities for startups to get connected to the resources they need at the stage when they need them most. But not every stage looks the same- and our events reflect these differences.

Three Unique Events

Launchpad

Giving early-stage startups the boost they need to break out to the next level
2022 Event Date: Thursday, April 7th

Innovation Exchange

Unique business development opportunity for in-market startups
2022 Event Date: coming soon

Venture Pitch

Elevated pitch competition for seed & Series A stage companies
2022 Event Date: Thursday, September 22nd

Launchpad

New businesses, whether a side hustle or venture-backed, need advice and encouragement to grow and flourish.  NEXT Launchpad is a brand new event designed to showcase, celebrate and help launch Greenville’s up-and-coming early-stage businesses.

We’re putting out an open call to all Upstate entrepreneurs to apply and compete for the chance to win valuable business support and resources. Expand your business by putting yourself on the radar of the region’s service providers–including a grand prize of $25,000, provided by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA).

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Innovation Exchange

NEXT Innovation Exchange will offer unique business development opportunities for startups that are in-market but have not arrived at the growth stage.

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Venture Pitch

NEXT Venture Pitch has been assisting startups in the Carolinas with connections for their capital needs since 2016. Our event includes educational content from top speakers and the opportunity for high-impact, high-growth ventures to showcase their innovations to more than 20 top investors representing over $1 Billion in capital.

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