December 17, 2020

(Greenville, SC) – The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Greenville Chamber, Furman University and NEXT hosted a joint media briefing to detail major announcements, including: The movement of NEXT’s organizational charter under the Greenville Chamber Foundation, significant financial investment from the Chamber, City of Greenville, and Greenville County, the relocation of several regional economic development offices to their NEXT on Main facility, and the launch of the search for the NEXT CEO. 

NEXT will  move its organizational charter under the Greenville Chamber Foundation, opening NEXT up to 501(c)(3) status. By moving to the Foundation, NEXT will gain access to a revised governance model as well as enhanced access to partnerships and resources that will lead to the continued growth of Greenville’s high impact entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Additionally, the City of Greenville and Greenville County announced significant increases in their investment into NEXT.

“Greenville City Council has identified Economic Development as one of the City’s top priorities and has allocated significant resources to achieve its economic development goals,” said Greenville City Manager John McDonough. “ In order to be positioned to innovate and successfully compete in a Global economy we must support talent and entrepreneurial development in a targeted and collaborative way.” 

 

NEXT also announced that their NEXT on Main facility, located on the 3rd floor of the Bank of America building overlooking ONE City Plaza, will now include offices for NEXT, the City of Greenville’s Economic Development team, and Furman’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

“Furman is excited to be part of this shared working space with NEXT and the City of Greenville,” said Dr. Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to engage in meaningful work with the city, and to help make Greenville a leading innovation hub in the country.   

This multi-pronged announcement was closed by Scott Millwood, Founder and CEO of Yesflow and co-founder and current board chair of NEXT. Millwood said  NEXT will begin its campaign to increase its support of regional entrepreneurs, as well as the launch of the search for NEXT’s CEO. 

“Looking to the future, we intend to 3X NEXT, meaning we aim to triple investments and the companies and entrepreneurs served.  We look forward to expanded partnerships with the City of Greenville, Greenville County and Furman University. We are eager to maintain and grow our strategic partnerships with the Greenville Chamber and other Upstate Economic Development entities,” Millwood said.

According to Greenville Chamber’s President/CEO, Carlos Phillips, “Today’s announcement demonstrates a strategic and coordinated prioritization of the transformative value of innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. We look forward to continuing to work with NEXT and these key community partners on this important work.”

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ABOUT NEXT

NEXT, launched as a production of the Greenville Chamber in 2006, is an entrepreneurial support organization that attracts and helps high-impact, knowledge-based companies grow by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina. For more information, visit www.nextsc.org  

ABOUT THE CITY OF GREENVILLE 

Incorporated in 1831, the city of Greenville is the sixth-largest city in South Carolina, with a population of approximately 70,000. Known for its economic development initiatives, provision of high-quality services, fiscal conservatism and pro-business climate. The City’s long-standing commitment to providing and maintaining a high quality of life for citizens and visitors alike has created a livable and vibrant city that features an award-winning downtown, miles of greenways, 39 parks occupying more than 700 acres of green space, an extensive offering of cultural, entertainment and dining options and an array of safe, thriving neighborhoods. 

ABOUT THE GREENVILLE CHAMBER

The Greenville Chamber, now in its 132nd year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with over 1900 Investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For information, visit greenvillechamber.org.

ABOUT FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Furman University is a private, undergraduate liberal arts and sciences university of 2,700 students in Greenville, S.C. The university is noted for its rigorous academic program and strong faculty, and its 750-acre campus is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. At the heart of the university’s academic experience is The Furman Advantage, a strategic plan that combines learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom, creating a personalized pathway that prepares students for lives of purpose, successful careers and community benefit.

 

Contacts: 

Beth Brotherton, City of Greenville  | 864-270-5545 | bbrotherton@greenvillesc.gov

Megan Campbell, Greenville Chamber  | 864-934-8469 | mcampbell@greenvillechamber.org

Clinton Colmenares, Furman University | 919-548-6493| clinton.colmenares@furman.edu

Susan Durden, NEXT | 864-735-7516 | sdurden@nextsc.org