NextGEN Events

Bringing people together – to learn, to connect, and to celebrate – is what drives action in our ecosystem forward.

Upcoming NextGEN Events

Free
  • Workshop

SBA Programs Overview - National Small Business Week (NSBW)

Next Innovation Center 411 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29601 United States

SBA & NextGEN would like to invite you to join us for a 30 minute update on SBA programs, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Meet us lobby of the NEXT Innovation Center on Thursday, May 2nd at 9am for a presentation and open discussion. Bring your questions and join your fellow entrepreneurs across the USA in celebrating NSBW!

Free
  • Networking
  • Social Event
  • SUDsGVL

SUDsGVL (Startup Drinks)

Other Lands 731 Rutherford Rd

SUDsGVL, or StartupDrinks, returns in May! This unstructured networking event is open to entrepreneurs, ecosystem allies, and all community members of the #StartupGVL ecosystem. The first drink is on us!

Free
  • Founders Forum
  • Networking

Fortnite to Factories: Embracing an Increasingly Digital World

CU-ICAR 5 Research Dr.

Are you a founder? Are you curious about becoming one? Do you work with startups? Or want to work with startups? Are you curious about what makes founders try, and keep trying? Founders Forum is an educational series from NextGEN designed for entrepreneurs, their teams, and their supporters BY entrepreneurs, created to connect, inspire, and educate in core disciplines relevant to all startups and activate the ecosystem at large. Dive into building a highly collaborative product, design, and engineering team with John Barnett of Supermoon and David Siglin of Stitchfix.

  • Founders Forum
  • Networking
  • Social Event

The YoPro Know Perspective on Retention & Intergenerational Communication →

Next Innovation Center 411 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29601 United States

Are you a founder? Are you curious about becoming one? Do you work with startups? Or want to work with startups? Are you curious about what makes founders try, and keep trying? Founders Forum is an educational series from NextGEN designed for entrepreneurs, their teams, and their supporters BY entrepreneurs, created to connect, inspire, and educate in core disciplines relevant to all startups and activate the ecosystem at large. Join Kamber Parker Bowden of The YoPro Know to dive into the world of recruitment and retention across a multi-generational workforce.

NextGEN Community Events

Our two annual community events, Launchpad and Venture Summit, serve as lightning rods for the #StartupGVL ecosystem.

Save the date: Venture Summit will be September 17 & 18, 2024!

Venture Summit

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Upstate for the 9th annual Next Venture Summit, featuring Investor Match Day, in September 2024.

This event has been assisting startups in the Carolinas with connections for their capital needs since 2016, with educational content from top speakers and the opportunity for high-impact, high-growth ventures to showcase their innovations to more than 20 top investors representing over $1 Billion in capital.

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#StartupGVL Launchpad

New businesses, whether a side hustle or venture-backed, need advice and encouragement to grow and flourish. Launchpad is an event designed to showcase, celebrate and help launch Greenville’s up-and-coming early-stage businesses.

The second-annual #StartupGVL Launchpad concluded in April 2023. Check out the highlights on our blog.

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SUDs (Startup Drinks)

StartupDrinks is an unstructured networking event powered by NextGEN for the local startup community. The first drink is always on us – come join other entrepreneurs and ecosystem allies to connect in a cultivated, peer group setting.

We’re bringing SUDsGVL back May 8th, 2024!