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.
Programs & Services
From educational, interactive workshops to in-depth, collaborative services, we offer an array of resources focused on different topics to best serve your entrepreneurial needs.
Current Programs & Services include:
- Growth Labs
- Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)
- Venture Mentor Service (VMS)
Check out our Programs & Services.
This isn’t your typical awkward networking. Just connecting people, because we can all benefit from shared knowledge. In addition to our monthly events, we host two signature annual events: #StartupGVL Launchpad and NEXT Venture Summit.
- Founders Forum
- CEO Lunches
- Industry & Cohort Meetups
- Startup Drinks (SUDs)
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Preview our events.
Got a great idea and not sure how to get started? A few years in and trying to figure out how to scale? Looking for investors to take your business to the next level? Or looking to invest? No matter the stage of your business—newbie, veteran, or somewhere in between—we have a deep network of the area’s top business owners and supporters, and we’d be thrilled to introduce you to someone who can open doors for you (or someone for whom you can open a door!).
#StartupGVL is a network for entrepreneurs, innovators, and those who support them. Don’t be shy. We’re ready to connect you.
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.”
Not a current founder but want to help? We’re always looking for community partners! Learn more about becoming a mentor, partner, or sponsor.
Empower others as a mentor in our Mentorship Program. Connect with enthusiastic mentees and make a meaningful impact on their journeys. Join us to share your expertise and cultivate success together.
Calling all potential Funding Partners! Collaborate with us in supporting innovation and driving positive change. Join a community dedicated to making a lasting impact and contributing to meaningful projects.
Join forces with us as a Community Partner to amplify your impact! If you're a local organization, business, or individual passionate about fostering community growth and collaboration, explore partnership opportunities and contribute to our shared success.
Explore compelling investment opportunities and contribute to promising ventures. Contact us if you're seeking impactful investments, aligning with visionary entrepreneurs, and shaping the future success of innovative companies.
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Capital Raised in 2023
Minority-Owned Client Companies
Woman-Owned Client Companies
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.
What people are saying
We asked a bunch of CEO’s for their best advice about starting a business.
Navigating the path of entrepreneurship is no walk in the park, and that's exactly why we gathered insights from our seasoned founders during our recent monthly meetup. As we delve into their candid advice, it's crucial to recognize that the entrepr…February 16, 2024
Pedro Escobar: The American Dream meets Fintech
Pedro Escobar’s journey is more than just a story of professional success; it's a deeply personal account that intertwines his roots, challenges, and pursuit of the American Dream. Born in Brooklyn to Honduran immigrant parents with limited educatio…February 12, 2024
Jon Scott, ScopeStack: It’s all about connections and culture
For Jon Scott of ScopeStack, it’s all about connections. Connections have not only had a major influence on the success of his business but they’re integral to his company culture. Being fully remote, he believes it’s important to intentionally plan…