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You’ve got an idea. What comes next?

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).

Register for the Event:

April 7TH


We’ve lined up the region’s top service providers to donate their time and expertise towards turning YOUR idea into the next big thing.

Imagine getting professional help to turn your refrigerator drawing into a full-fledged logo, or getting real legal counsel instead of getting advice from the internet.

Category winners will be announced at a community event on April 7 followed by a celebratory happy hour recognizing all the innovation happening in the Upstate.

Prize Categories

You may apply to be considered for as many categories as you’d like, but you are eligible to win only one (1) category or prize maximum.

To be eligible to apply, the entrepreneur or business must be located or have plans to locate within the Upstate region of South Carolina.

Design & Branding

● Logo iterations
● PowerPoint pitch template
● Website wireframe

Provided by BrainsOnFire


● Total addressable market
● Competitive landscape
● Realistic expectations around company potential

Provided by VentureFirst


● Patent or IP filing
● Organizational documents
● Cap table setup

Provided by Wyche

Human Resources & Team Development

● Recruitment support
● Cultural assessment
● Organizational development

Provided by Find Great People

Finance & Accounting Services

● Business transformation options
● Improve efficiencies
● Financial advice around strategy & growth

Provided by Elliott Davis

Seed Capital

● Exclusively for innovation-led, for-profit teams
● High potential for economic impact
● to support critical milestones towards commercialization/ follow-on funding

Provided by South Carolina Research Authority

Ready to Apply?

Be sure to complete the FREE and easy application.  Applications open Monday, February 7 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25.


February 7 – 25:  Application process open

March 11 – 18:     3-5 Finalists Notified per EACH award category selected

March 13 – 24:     Finalist Interviews with their category supporting sponsor

Thurs., April 7:    NEXT Launchpad awards ceremony and networking event

NEXT Launchpad is brought to you by NEXT Upstate, a non-profit startup catalyst organization in Greenville, South Carolina, providing connections to mentoring, capital, facilities and access to a peer community of aspiring founders across the Upstate region.

NEXT Launchpad is made possible from a Relentless Challenge grant through the South Carolina Department of Commerce.