Founders Thrive Here

You’re not doing what you’re doing to make a whimper.
You want to make some noise.
You want to make a difference.
Be honest – you want to change the world.

Welcome to Greenville, South Carolina, one of the best launching pads in the world for startups.

You can get it done here.

We’ll make it easier than just about anywhere.


The Doers

Startup Programs
Fastest Growing Companies​
Companies Named to Inc. 5000 list
Resource Organizations​

April 30, 2024

Village Launch Market Back for Fourth Season

The Village Launch Market returns to West Greenville this Saturday, May 4, continuing its support for women- and minority-owned startups.

April 25, 2024

New Music Venue Testament to Greenville Collaboration

A new live music venue will bring tunes and investment to Greenville’s West End.

April 12, 2024

Woo Milk wins Paladin Pitch

Innovation, imagination and professionalism were on full display this week at Paladin Pitch participants at Furman University.

April 11, 2024

Zylö Founder Scott Pancoast Named  Founder of the Year

Scott Pancoast, who founded Zylö Therapeutics received the honor during the SCRA’s annual summit in Columbia.

April 03, 2024

April 3 Declared “Leadership Greenville Day” in Honor of 50th Anniversary





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Blog Posts

March 15, 2024

A Business Plan for Getting Punched in the Face

John Sweeney

March 14, 2024

Inspiring Inclusion: Build Relationships and Accept Feedback

February 14, 2024

Strengthening our Future Workforce by Embracing Trends, Utilizing Proven Methods



NEXT hosts first-of-its-kind matchmaking event for startups

A first-of-its-kind matchmaking, followed by a SMOKIN’ second date. #GreenvilleSC founders and interested investors fostered new connections this week at NEXT Upstate Venture Summit powered by VisitGreenvilleSC.

#StartupGVL ecosystem is fully charged. Whose got next? Don’t miss another opportunity to learn, lead and listen.

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Build Carolina and SC's Growing Tech Sector

Tech is growing in South Carolina and #StartupGVL is producing the talent. Build Carolina is a #greenvillesc based non-profit educating a tech-based workforce through three key initiatives:

  • SC Codes — a statewide program exposing students to available careers in tech.
  • Develop Carolina — a six-month registered apprenticeship program for software engineers.
  • @carolina_code_school — the Greenville-based immersive web development bootcamp for professionals changing careers and entering the tech field. Their job placement rate? If that doesn’t entice you to check them out, what will?

Priceless Advice from a Greenville, SC Entrepreneur

Ryland Rainsford, co-owner/founder of Scout’s Doughnuts in Greenville, SC, shares his families story of founding one of the city’s hottest new eateries. Ryland explains the winding path he and his wife JP took on their way to creating Scout’s, what he learned along the way, and why all entrepreneurs should think about before they take the plunge into starting a business.

Furman's Business Bootcamp Gathers Generations of Innovative Minds

We’re innovating on a generational level here in #StartupGVL. Students from  @thefurmanchannel , founders of fast growth startups, and local business mentors came together to share and learn during a “boot camp.” The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s “Summer Business Innovation Bootcamp” is a ten-week opportunity for students to work directly with founders to help them scale their startup. Mentors, with decades of business experience, helped guide the projects and offer perspective to students and founders. The result? A unique exchange of ideas between three generations of entrepreneurial minded individuals.

Meet Kanga Coolers!

An origin story based on college students and warm beer. Can it get any better than that? Learn about the amazing success that took Kanga Coolers from Shark Tank to a growing Greenville business.

FUEL: Village Launch Pitch Contest

Village Launch — in Collaboration with St. Matthew UMC — hosted their 2nd annual Alumni Pitch Competition: FUEL. A total of $20,000 in Grant funds were awarded to five entrepreneurs.