The Carolinas' Premier Gathering of

Entrepreneurs & Venture Capitalists

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Sep 16, 1:00 PM
Greenville ONE Center - 2nd Floor

As the uncertainty of COVID-19 and interrupted business travel unfolds, we have decided to postpone our NEXT Venture Pitch Conference until September 16, 2020. We do not take this situation lightly, which is why our top priority is to ensure that you, our attendees, are safe. 

Our goal is to continue fostering the best connections between venture capitalists, companies, and our partners, and we look forward to continuing the NEXT Venture Pitch Conference in September.

We understand that you may have questions about how this will affect you, so please do not hesitate to let us know. For all inquiries, you are welcome to email Christy Ashkettle at cashkettle@nextsc.org

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you this fall.

Stay healthy,

The Next Venture Pitch Committee

This Event Has Been Postponed


Countdown to Your Success

Save the date for: 

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020!

NEXT Venture Pitch is the best place to get your company’s lucrative ideas in front of the largest group of VCs in the state of South Carolina. 

In its fifth running year, Venture Pitch will bring out top principal VCs, angel investors, and community leaders to hear pitches from entrepreneurs and innovators just like you. Look forward to fireside chats, CEO workshops, keynote speakers, and more.


What to Expect

Startup Workshops

​Back by popular demand- our Morning Workshop will offer a deep dive session into key topics that every entrepreneur should know

World Class Speakers

This year's keynote features a true rockstar, Jeff Hoffman. He will be joined by other great speakers as we discuss building winning teams

Top Quality Pitches

Come to see some of the most innovative startups in the South as they pitch to a packed house of Angels, VCs, and Entrepreneurs

Founders Panel

Learn from a panel of founders that have been making a huge impact on their community, markets, and more

Investors are actively looking for companies in the Southeast that can use capital to accelerate their growth.
If your company has traction and is poised to grow, this event has all the connections you need to make that happen.

Application Deadline is TBD due to the postponement. 

— WE ARE —




Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show. 


Conference Agenda






Entrepreneurial Leadership Series 

*separate ticket required to attend morning session. Boxed lunch included.

Registration & Coffee/Light Breakfast

Leadership Series 

  • Perfecting Your Pitch with VentureSouth

  • Ten Key Steps for Raising Venture Capital with Morris, Manning & Martin

  • Executive Track: Building World Class Products with Various CEOs

Afternoon Conference

Registration & Networking 

Conference Program

  • Kickoff

  • Keynote- Fireside chat with Jeff Hoffman 

  • Pitch Competition Presentations Round 1

  • Founders Panel

  • Pitch Competition Presentations Round 2

  • Building Winning Teams Panel

  • Pitch Presentation Winner Announcement & Conference Wrap Up

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More than a networking event, the Venture Pitch 2020 Entrepreneurial Leadership Series offers entrepreneurs the chance to learn valuable lessons from industry experts that can propel their start-ups to new heights. See below for more details on the morning agenda, including workshops on perfecting your investor pitch, raising venture capital, and building world-class products…

8:00am - 8:20am: Registration 

Start a jam-packed day with a full cup of coffee and an energizing continental breakfast. 

8:30am - 12:30pm
Entepreneurial Leadership Series

Perfecting Your Pitch 

VentureSouth's Matt Dunbar

Whether your company is conceptual or growing, preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch is a critical skill. In this session, Matt Dunbar, Co-Founder and Managing Director of VentureSouth, will show attendees how to best convey their business to potential investors in order to achieve growth and long-term success.

Top Ten Key Steps for Raising Venture Capital in 2020 with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP’s John Yates and Larkin Ellzey

John Yates and Larkin Ellzey have years of experience addressing the legal and business fundraising issues that every entrepreneur confronts. In this session, they will share their "Top Ten Key Steps for Raising Venture Capital in 2020” and take an in depth look at the important factors entrepreneurs should consider when raising capital for a favorable valuation. 

Javier Buzzalino

SVP R&D, Infor

Mark Essex

CEO and President of Netalytics

Michael Morrissey 

Chief Technology Officer, FullStory

Building World Class Products, a Panel Discussion with Product Leaders (Boxed Lunch Included)

This session will be a deep dive into how to build great products. These experienced CEOs will discuss:

  • How to perfect your product-market fit during the planning & building cycle

  • How to best manage the balance between feature breadth versus time-to-market

  • How to best incorporate competitive differentiation into product planning

  • How to decide between what the market "wants" and what it "needs"

  • How to best manage legacy products and product debt

  • How to measure product team and individual productivity




Conclusion: If you are interested in learning how to grow your business, consider signing up for the Venture Pitch 2020 Morning Leadership Series today: https://www.nextventurepitch.com/register

Marty Osborne

President, Advoco (moderator)

Butler Raines

Chief Product Officer, SalesLoft

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