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​

February 23, 2024

Carolina Code School: Navigating Challenges, Transforming Lives

Changing careers is a journey, but thanks to Carolina Code School and #StartupGVL no one travels alone.

February 20, 2024

Incora Health seeking volunteers for clinical trials

Incora Health, maker of the first-ever health-tracking earring for women, is currently seeking volunteers to participate in clinical trials.

February 16, 2024

Avelo Airlines Adds Non-stop Flights from Boston to GSP

It's 'bout to get wicked easier to snag your chowdah, lobstah, and catch a glimpse of the Green Monstah.

February 14, 2024

EnerSys Opening New Operations in Greenville

EnerSys announced a $500 million capital investment that has the potential to create 500 new jobs.

February 12, 2024

NEXT Upstate is now NextGEN

NextGEN references the Greenville Entrepreneur Network and represents a new generation of support for the founders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who call Greenville home. 





Feb 21
February 21 - March 3
MVM Hub, 1186 Pendleton Street
Greenville, 29611 United States
Feb 27
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Spill The Beans, 531 S Main St
Greenville, 29601 United States
Feb 27
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Genevieve’s, 300 South Main Street
Greenville, 29601 United States


Blog Posts

February 14, 2024

Strengthening our Future Workforce by Embracing Trends, Utilizing Proven Methods

January 22, 2024

Authentic Leadership: Find Your Voice and Promote Your Team

From left to right: David Dykes of Greenville Business Magazine, Dr. Sabrina Russ of Simplicity Community Pharmacy, Lydia Callahan of ReadingHQ, Erik Weir of WCM, Ben Sarracino of Method Performance Labs, and yours truly.

December 5, 2023

Pitches and Perspectives



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.

#StartupGVL Events page:

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.