NEXT Hires New Startup Success Program Manager, Peter Micali

Peter Micali Joins NEXT Team as Startup Success Program Manager.
Greenville, SC- March 4, 2022- Peter Micali will serve as the new Startup Success Program Manger for NEXT, an entrepreneur support organization in Greenville, SC that has impacted more than 120 companies, who in turn have raised $28 million in capital. NEXT provides connections to mentoring, capital, facilities, and access to a peer community of aspiring founders across the region.

Micali has a wide range of experience in a variety of facets of the startup world, both working in multiple startups as well as at MassChallenge, one of the world’s largest non-profit accelerators.

So, Peter, tell us about yourself.

I am a proud Greenville native with a career spanning across major markets such as Chicago, Atlanta, and Boston. My background has primarily been within marketing and branding; however, I’ve gained experience by working for/with multiple ecosystem partners (corporates, startups, accelerators, and vendors). This diversity of experience has hopefully enabled me to provide empathetic support and leadership to the startup community while understanding the needs of all involved.

I first caught the startup bug during my time in Boston, working for two different startups (one as co-founder where we were successfully acquired by a major online pregnancy brand, Pink Stork). I was then fortunate to cut my teeth at MassChallenge, one of the world’s largest non-profit accelerators. It was there that I further developed my skills in ecosystem development and learned how to provide support to startups (including internationally) while serving the community at large.

Since returning to the Upstate in 2018, I received excellent experience at Sage  Automotive Interiors where I led startup interaction efforts and managed relationships with organizations such as PLUGandPLAY (MIT).  Most recently, I returned to my marketing roots by leading business development and strategy efforts for SLANT, a wonderful creative marketing agency headquartered in downtown Greenville. Finally, I am a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications (radio, TV, and film) and the Darla Moore School of Business with an iMBA. I love supporting the arts and as a result, I am privileged to be a board member of both The Warehouse Theatre and the Metropolitan Arts Council. Most importantly, I am a proud husband and father of 1 and I’m excited about what Greenville will look like when she’s old enough to appreciate it!

And a few fun facts about yourself:

What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

It’s surrounded by 80 volcanoes (technically I was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France but moved to Greenville at 6 months)

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

    • Visiting Southeast Asia
    • Submitting a short film to a festival
    • Leaving an impactful mark on my community

How many different states have you lived in?


If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The Moment by Tame Impala

What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?

Video game device, music player, sushi generator

What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – T. Roosevelt

Please join the NEXT Team in welcoming Peter to the ecosystem as we continue to serve the entrepreneurs in the Upstate!