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Event Series Event Series: Founders Forum

Fortnite to Factories: Embracing an Increasingly Digital World

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. We are excited to partner with partner support organizations and corporations focused on innovation in 2024! Come check out this incredible panel and dive into the metaverse with us!

About this event

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am



5 Research Dr.
Greenville, 29607 United States
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Learn how you can improve your efforts as a founder, walk away with outcomes you can apply directly to your business, and strengthen your relationships with peers and content experts.

Light refreshments will be provided with networking opportunities.

Join us for an insightful panel conversation delving into the profound impact of digitalization on industries and consumer interactions, and how businesses are strategically preparing for the future. In this engaging session, we’ll explore innovative approaches taken by industry leaders, including ventures into virtual realms such as Fortnite and Apple Vision Pro. This event aims to provide founders, the teams, and innovators with actionable insights to broaden their reach among emerging generations of consumers while navigating the evolving digital landscape.

Our expert panelists will tackle pressing questions such as how the emergence of GenZ is reshaping consumer interactions, and whether traditional marketing channels need to adapt to effectively engage with this digital-savvy audience. Additionally, we’ll delve into the potential of spatial computing and virtual reality in business contexts, beyond their current consumer-centric applications. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives and strategies for future planning, as we collectively embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by an increasingly digital world.

Meet Our Panelists:

Jon Curtis – IT Innovation Strategist, BMW
Dr. Marcin Ziolkowski – Emerging Technology Manager, BMW
Dave Breeze – Design Lead Innovation, BMW
Brent Westmoreland – IT Director, Strategy, Cybersecurity and Innovation, BMW
Alex Schlesener – Clemson PHD Candidate, BMW Innovation Fellow