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WE’RE BACK! With Investor Match Day & Summit, September 17-18, 2024

This year we’re taking it to the next level with a two-part event designed to connect, inspire, and grow start-ups in the southeast.

Apply today for Match Day!

Investor Application

Founder Application

Investor Match Day
We're connecting High-potential companies to investors in a speed-dating like environment.
This is a private, invite only event. Start ups must apply and will be evaluated based on their business profile.
Applications are live above!
Welcome Reception
Expand your network and forge meaningful connections at the Welcome Reception! Enjoy music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
Summit Conference
Immerse yourself in a full-day premier conference featuring top speakers, catering to entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation-minded individuals. Get inspired, gain invaluable insights, and take your business to new heights.
Tues, September 17
Investor Match Day
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Events at Judson Mill, The Annex

We’re here to make connections happen!

For another year, we are hosting a private, invite only Investor Match Day where we provide an environment for high-potential start-ups to network and meet with top investors around the country.

This exclusive opportunity invites startups to apply for the chance to send up to two representatives for a unique “speed dating” environment with top investors in the region.

Entrepreneurs and investors will be paired up based on industry compatibility, to engage in 20-minute conversations that aim to be the catalyst for future success.

In between these exciting meetings, we’ve created a dedicated lounge where you can extend conversations, forge new connections, and immerse yourself in a buzzing entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Welcome Reception
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Events at Judson Mill, The Annex

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the highly anticipated 9th Next Venture Summit Welcome Reception.

Connect with like-minded individuals, toast to new opportunities, and set the stage for an extraordinary Summit. Don’t miss this premier networking event that will leave a lasting impact on your entrepreneurial journey.

Entry is free with the purchase of a conference ticket.

Wed, September 18
Summit Conference
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Events at Judson Mill

Get ready for our signature event!

Join us for a day of inspiration with world-class speakers, a showcase of Accelerator cohort 3 grads, breakout workshops, and endless networking opportunities.

Stay tuned as we unveil our exciting lineup of speakers throughout the summer.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Check out who hit the stage at 2023's Summit!
This year's speakers coming soon!
Johannes Mutzke
Blue Inc Strategies
Chris Heivly
Chris Heivly
Build the Fort
Cliff Holekamp
Cliff Holekamp
Cultivation Capital
Jon Scott
Jon Scott
Nathalie Baulain
Michelin Innovation Labs
Charles Crowell
Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

With your sponsorship, you are supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial community here in the upstate and showing your belief in giving back to the community where you live.

Reach out to hear what opportunities we have available!
Past Investors
Since 2016, Next Venture Summit has attracted investors from all across the country to see what Greenville has to offer. These investors saw the impact and benefits of the event over the last 8 years.
Past Featured Startups
The hallmark of our event is showcasing and celebrating the vibrant startup community of the Southeast. These companies have taken the stage to share how they're changing the world during the past 7 iterations of this event.

Starting and growing a business is not for the faint of heart. Neither is finding high-potential businesses worth investing in. At NEXT, we believe a small conversation can open endless possibilities. During this years NEXT Venture Summit, we want to connect high-potential businesses with investors and help grow like-minded entrepreneurs to make lasting connections within the entrepreneurial community.

What is NEXT Venture Summit?
This year’s 8th annual NEXT Venture Summit is a 2-part event taking place over two days. Part one is the first ever Investor Match Day dedicated to connecting Investors with high-potential startups in the region. Part two is NEXT’s signature Summit Sessions that consists of on stage speakers, industry experts and the top most exciting startups in the region.

When and Where is NEXT Venture Summit?
NEXT Venture Summit is taking place on Tuesday, September 12th and Wednesday, September 13th in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Tuesday’s event [Investor Match Day] is an invite only event at the Huguenot Mill in the Peace Center. Wednesday’s event [NEXT’s Summit Sessions] is a ticketed event taking place at the Greenville One Center. Tickets are available for purchase.

Who Should Attend?
The NEXT Venture Summit is designed for growth-stage entrepreneurs who are seeking to accelerate their momentum and connect with the Greenville entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is also valuable for venture capitalists, investors, and anyone interested in the startup ecosystem. Regardless of your current funding status, the connections and resources gained from this event can be critical for future capital-raising efforts.

What Are the Costs to Attend?
NEXT Venture Summit is a paid ticketed event. General admission tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are $225. You can purchase your event tickets here!

What can attend Investor Match Day?
To attend Investor Match Day you must meet one of the following criteria: You are a promising and scalable startup generating revenue, or you are an Investor looking to connect with startups.

If you are a founder of a scaling startup, you can apply for the Investor Match Day here. Applications are reviewed and you must be accepted to be able to attend this event. Once accepted, there is a $100 fee per startup to attend.

If you are an Investor who wants to get involved, you can apply here. Our team will be in touch with next steps.

What cities are included in the region?
Although NEXT’s focus is mainly in Greenville, SC, we have broaden our scope to include the following cities: Asheville, Athens, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Columbia, Greenville, Johnson City, Knoxville, Raleigh/Durham, Spartanburg.


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