NEXT Launches NEXT Fellows Summer Internship Program

By May 16, 2019February 18th, 2020No Comments

NEXT kicked off their new NEXT Fellows internship program this summer hiring Collin Edwards, a Clemson student and growing entrepreneur.

Collin Edwards, Ventful CEO

Collin with his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers











Collin is from Florence, SC. The only child of Zenobia and Gerard Edwards, Collin started off in the International Baccalaureate Program at Wilson High School then transferred to the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC. It was at Governor’s School that Collin was first exposed to entrepreneurship and innovation. Upon his graduation from Governor’s School, he decided to enroll at Clemson University and study Industrial Engineering and Business Administration. While in college, he has joined a fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and started his own company, Ventful.

Ventful is an event-planning system that seeks to enhance the experience of finding, creating, and sharing events. Ventful consists of both a mobile app and a service for users looking to improve event promotion and marketing. Users can easily find new events and friends throughout the app.

When asked about the mission of Ventful, Collin says,

“Ventful’s mission is to give everyone the ability to have a good time! I aspire to make Ventful a leading company with changing people’s lives by helping them build more good memories and giving people jobs.  We are currently beta testing and the app is currently available on the App Store.”

We asked Collin to answer a few questions about himself- here are his answers!

What was your favorite TV show when growing up?

My favorite TV show growing up was Modern Family and Shark Tank.

Can you play any instruments?

I was encouraged to try the piano at a young age but that is the farthest that I have truly gotten on my own with an instrument besides the recorder in intermediate school.

What’s the strangest talent you have?

The strangest talent that I probably have is my ability to decipher the symbolism and meaning of different types of literature thanks to my father for making me read, “How to Read Literature like a Professor” at a young age.

Do you have any strange phobias?

I think that one phobia (which I think is common) that I have is acrophobia which is the fear of heights.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

I am a huge sports fan so I would love to travel to college football stadiums around the country.  I also love to eat so I would love to go around the world and try new foods. I also want to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

How many different states have you lived in?

I am South Carolinian born and raised!

If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

One song that I would listen to for the rest of my life is Blessings by Chance the Rapper.

What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?

If I was on a deserted island, I would carry a machete, a box of matches, and a fishing net.

What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?

My favorite inspirational quote is a quote that I saw on my visit to Facebook and it said. “This journey is 1% finished.” It guides me through my life and my company to never be satisfied and to keep going.


Come visit Collin and the rest of the NEXT team at any of our three facilities this summer!


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