Creating Connections for Greenville’s Founders

NextGEN guides and supports high-growth, high-potential entrepreneurs and their businesses in Greenville and across the Upstate of South Carolina. Our primary goal is to help founders grow and support their businesses.

NextGEN Accelerator Applications are OPEN!

If you’re a high-growth, post-revenue startup with a scalable model, this is your chance to propel your company forward!

  • Learn from Greenville’s top founders
  • Workshop sessions to craft your growth plan
  • Discover your strengths through a Working Genius assessment
  • Perfect your pitch for an onstage presentation at Next Venture Summit

Applications open today, March 7th, and close March 30th. The program starts June 3rd and culminates with a pitch at Next Venture Summit on September 18th.

Now’s the opportunity to learn, grow, and pitch your way to success with NextGEN Accelerator!

NextGEN Greenville Entrepreneur Network
NEXT is now NextGEN!

NEXT Upstate has changed its name and its look to signal the next generation of support for Entrepreneurs, Founders, and Innovators in the Greenville Entrepreneur Network (GEN).

“The rebrand merges the legacy and history of the organization with its future,” says Carlos Phillips, President/CEO of the Greenville Chamber and NextGEN board member. “The new branding reflects the refined strategy and exciting direction as NextGEN supports Greenville’s high-growth entrepreneurs.”



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Impact report
The NextGEN Effect: Be a part of the results.

See several founder features highlighted as we call attention to those who have been putting in the work since the beginning of NextGEN (formerly NEXT) and read more about the next generation of innovators in our programs.

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(864) 735-7516
411 University Ridge
Suite A
Greenville, SC 29601