Sept 17-18, 2024

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With Investor Match Day & the Summit.
@ Events at Judson Mill

Don’t miss this chance to meet with investors, founders, and ecosystem supporters. This year we’re including breakout sessions for interactive learning focused on scaling your business.

Coming from out of town? Check out presenting sponsor  Visit Greenville’s website for the best compilation of  hotels  and things to do around town!

Over 2 days, you have the chance to:

  1. Pitch your business in front of investors from this region and beyond at Match Day (remember, you have to apply to get in).
  2. Learn from subject matter experts how to level up your business whether you are looking for risk capital or just want to scale.
  3. Connect with over 300 industry leaders, innovators, and other founders.

Match Day
September 17, 12 – 5pm
@ Events at Judson Mill, The Annex**

Think of Match Day as speed dating for founders. Founders and Investors must apply to participate and we pair them together for a day of introductions, pitches, and condensed networking. 2023 Match Day featured 30 investors from 22 firms, 45 companies, for 186 meetings with 1 confirmed investment! This year we’re making it even bigger!

Don’t worry about your tickets yet! Apply today and we will contact you with next steps!

You’re in good company...

Past Investors

Past Founder Companies

Networking Reception
September 17, 6 – 9pm
@ Events at Judson Mill, The Annex

Anyone attending Next Venture Summit is invited to our networking reception.
Continue great conversations from Match Day and start them prior to The
Summit on Wednesday! Drinks and heavy hors d’œuvres included.

The Summit
September 18, 2024, 8am – 1pm
@ Events at Judson Mill, The Annex and more…

This year, The Summit will feature the Next Accelerator graduate pitches
as well as deep dive breakout sessions focused on startup growth.

Summit Schedule & Speakers

08:00 Doors Open

Come in, grab some breakfast, and start your day with some networking as you find your way around Judson Mill!

09:00-09:30 Kickoff

Think BIGger Keynote! Let's kick off the day, maybe quite literally....

Heather Hudson

Heather “The Hero” Hudson is the COO of Striking Brands, which houses the popular fitness franchises 9Round Kickboxing Fitness and I Love Kickboxing. In her role, she is committed to helping franchise partners achieve their financial goals through effective communication, streamlined operations, and the development of scalable business systems. Heather enjoys paying it forward through her speaking engagements. Her authentic approach keeps audiences deeply engaged, as she shares relatable advice from her own experience running a business and helping entrepreneurs through franchising.

09:30-10:15 Accelerator Cohort 3

Our Accelerator Cohort 3 will be featured on stage!

Justin Buchanan Zest Vodka

Justin Buchanan launched his entrepreneurial journey by securing funding via pitch competition to create Red Harbor Rum, a super premium spirit linked to Charleston's rich history. He successfully expanded his rum distribution across South Carolina, Georgia, and New York, and established the third distillery in Charleston since Prohibition. After a decade of building Red Harbor Rum, Justin introduced Zest Vodka. This spirit features half the usual alcohol content, significantly less sugar, and zero artificial additives, setting a new standard in the market for healthier vodka brands.

Eric Fragoso LarkPM

Eric currently owns Deck Creations, a residential construction company. Through his experience there, he uncovered a major pain in the industry: the bidding process. He then went on to create LarkPM, a software service that helps construction companies to drive sales by reducing bidding estimation times and increasing accuracy.

WeiWei Huang Knotty Pawz

WeiWei was born and raised in WangLi, China, where her family specializes in the recycled cotton industry. Combining her background knowledge in this industry with her love for dogs, she created Knotty Pawz, which makes sustainable pet toys from recycled cotton. WeiWei was a 2024 finalist in the Hill Institute's GVL Starts Program, and she has been enjoying the process of continuing to build Knotty Pawz through the NextGEN accelerator program.

Stijn Van de Velde Drobot

Stijn is originally from Belgium, but moved to the US 10 years ago. Since then, he's founded 3 companies. Execution Partners LLC helps companies to solve problems, improve critical processes, and execute challenging projects. Gemba Systems Inc helps manufacturing companies to navigate Industry 4.0 technologies. Now he's focused on Drobot, which will offer a disruptive solution to mid-sized manufacturing companies.

Abi Odugbesan SplitEV

Abi Odugbesan has over 15 years of experience in global operations and strategic project management, and he's using this expertise to address the growing need for an accessible EV charging infrastructure. Similar to the models used by Airbnb and Uber, Abi founded SplitEV to connect EV drivers with private charging stations, empowering property owners to generate revenue and broadening the availability of charging options. Abi is passionate about sustainability, technological innovation, and creating a lasting positive impact through his ventures.

Breakout Sessions - Pick two!

10:15am-10:30 Break/Transition to breakout sessions.
Each breakout session will occur twice. YOU PICK TWO!

10:30-11:15 Breakout Session 1
11:30-12:15 Breakout Session 2
Herbert Drayton Venture Capitalist
How to Perfect Your Pitch The Annex @ Judson Mill

Yes, you have to pitch when you’re looking for risk capital, but even for non-venture-backed companies, your pitch impacts your sales, your marketing, and more. Let’s dive into how you can perfect your pitch from the elevator to the term sheet.

Herbert Drayton Venture Capitalist

Herbert invests in early-stage tech startups led by BIPOC and women in the Southeastern US. With nearly 30 years of experience in the alternative investment field, he supports innovative entrepreneurs while delivering consistent investor returns. Additionally, he is a columnist for The Black Wall Street Times and hold executive nonprofit board positions in organizations with total assets approaching $1B dedicated to sustainable impact and economic inclusion.

Coming Soon!
For the Love of Money: Building a Capital Stack The Gallery @ Judson Mill
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Female Founder Funding Panel The Smokestack @ Judson Mill

Despite progress in recent years, female-founded startups still face significant challenges in accessing investment funding. In 2020, companies with all-female founders received only 2.3% of venture capital funding in the United States, and globally, female-founded startups received just 2.2% of venture capital dollars. Addressing this gap requires concerted efforts to increase diversity in investment teams and support initiatives aimed at promoting equitable access to capital for female founders. Let’s talk about this with our panel of both female founders and investors.

Coming Soon!

Lunch at the Annex, stay and chat at Judson Mill!

Grab your lunch from back in the Annex and find a place in Judson Mill to keep having that conversation you started earlier in the day! Grab a beer at Magnetic South or a kombucha at the Feed & Seed and keep the Summit going…

12:30-1:00 Closing Keynote & Lunch

We're excited to feature our closing keynote speaker while we enjoy lunch from local Feed & Seed!

David Jones Founder of Peak 10; Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Flexential

David co-founded Peak 10 in March of 2000. Aligning an expert leadership team, he built one of the industry's most admired companies in the data center and cloud infrastructure industry – consistently producing impressive, consistent year over year financial performance and growth. David led the company for 17 years as CEO and Chairman building Peak 10 to be the leader in hybrid data center operations, hosting and managed services east of the Mississippi. Flexential, a national, hybrid colocation, hosting, network and managed service data center company resulted from the late 2017 combination of two market leading data center companies, ViaWest headquartered in Denver, and Peak 10, headquartered in Charlotte. This combination created the largest national hybrid, facilities-based, hosting services company in the United States, currently with 3.2 million square feet of data center space, 37 data centers and 19 markets. In addition to his responsibilities on the Flexential Board of Directors David serves on the Board on NUSO (a cloud based unified communications enterprise) and is on the Board of Advisors of RadixBay (enterprise software development and support), chairman of TechWorks of Gaston County, NC. David is an advisory board member for McCarthy Capital, a private equity firm in Omaha, NE, a member of Morris, Manning & Minor, LLP’s Tech Advisory Council (Atlanta, GA), advisory board of Tech Leaders Forum of Charlotte. David was named to the 2015 class of the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame by The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte and in 2016 was awarded NTCA’s Beacon Award recognizing a career of achievement in technology in the State of North Carolina. In 2021 he was named Outstanding Technology Leader in Charlotte by the Tech Leaders Form of Charlotte, and in 2023 he was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Charlotte Dealmakers Hall of Fame David resides in Danielsville, Georgia and co-owns a Specialized cycling business in Athens, Georgia. A life-long fitness enthusiast, after losing his right hand and wrist early in 2023 and surviving near-death (enduring toxic shock and sepsis) he aggressively focused on restoring his health and wellness and has returned to his active lifestyle and engagement in business mentorship and advisory engagement.

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Ticket Info

Tickets are non-refundable with the exception of a Match Day ticket purchased prior to application review. Tickets could be transferrable to another Venture Summit event.

Early Bird Pricing (June 1 - July 31)
Standard Pricing (August 1 - August 31)
Late Pricing (September 1 - September 13)
Match Day Only Only purchase if you've applied and been accepted to Match Day.
Welcome Reception Only
Summit Only
Bundle Includes Reception, Match Day, and The Summit. Must apply and be accepted for Match Day.
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