Our mission is to identify, engage and provide support for high-growth entrepreneurs and their teams as they build scaling, investor-ready companies through programming, connections and support whether just starting out or well on their way.


Our services for startups include:

educational workshops
networking events
High Growth & High Impact

What makes a startup high-growth? Our focus is on founders with innovative ideas and investment-grade ventures. We support startups across all industries.

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Who We Support
NEXT helps high-growth startups in the Upstate of South Carolina through connections, programming, and support. These companies currently participate in our ongoing services.
You’ve got an idea. What comes next?

The NEXT Accelerator is now accepting applications!

Ready to take your startup to the next level? Companies who are growing and scaling need an educational and collaborative environment to thrive in. The NEXT Accelerator is a unique opportunity to engage early-stage founders with successful, experienced founders in a fun and collaborative environment.

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Resources Available to Startups
Our programs range from Founders Forum, a series of educational workshops on general topics, to Growth Labs, a more focused series to dive deeper into more challenging topics, and StartupDrinks, our founder-focused networking event.
Our range of mentoring services ensure the right fit for each founder and mentor. Our longest running program, the Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) is based on the program licensed by MIT.
With our monthly event series, you never have to worry about missing out on an event- because the next one is always just around the corner. In addition to our monthly events, we host 2 signature annual events: #StartupGVL Launchpad and NEXT Venture Summit.