With a new corporate structure, new board of directors, new space planned at the Bank of America building downtown, an MIT-backed Venture Mentorship Program and a collaboration with the Michelin Incubator in the works, NEXT has big plans for 2015.
John Moore, CEO of NEXT, refers to the activity as NEXT 3.0 – an evolution of the NEXT Innovation Center located on Church Street in Greenville. NEXT 1.0 was the beginning, before the economic development Accelerate program was launched by the Greenville Chamber. NEXT 2.0 was bringing on a full-time staff member, Brenda Laakso, who serves as vice president, and getting things more set up, Moore said. Now comes NEXT 3.0, which includes adding more full-time staff, getting the structure and governance in place and making sure NEXT has sustainable money and funding to carry them into the future.
“Almost like these companies we support, we’re growing,” said Moore. “This world is so dynamic and so demanding, that you have to be completely focused.”
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