NEXT Launchpad event awards 8 entrepreneurs with over $125k in prizes

The first-ever #StartupGVL Week was a huge success, with events from ecosystem partners including NEXT,  FlywheelThe Hill Institute at Furman University and the City of Greenville, all collaborating to turn the spotlight on startups.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- April 7, 2022 (Greenville, SC) – The inaugural NEXT Launchpad event was an incredible celebration of early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship! With over 80 applicants for prizes in 6 categories, 8 winners were selected to receive prize packages that, in total, represent more than $100k. 

And the winners are…

In addition, Carl Sobocinski, founder and president of Table 301 Restaurant Group, joined Beth Brotherton for a candid conversation on-stage about facing fear and gaining courage throughout his entrepreneurship journey. NEXT also unveiled the first iteration of the StartupGVL Ecosystem Resource map, which features more than 50 local resources for startups and entrepreneurs in the Greenville region AND had StartupGVL T-shirts for everyone who attended.


NEXT is an entrepreneurial support organization that attracts and helps high-impact, knowledge-based companies grow by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina. For more information, visit


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