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The Carolinas' Premier Gathering of

Entrepreneurs & Venture Capitalists

Sep 15, 9:00 AM
3 Half-Day Virtual Event

INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE, ENGAGE IN VENTURE PITCH

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SEPTEMBER 15TH-17TH 2020

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

 

In its 5th running year, NEXT 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.

 

Registration is open, so secure your ticket today!

 

THIS EVENT MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR SPONSORS:

 

APPLY TO PITCH

 
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.

The deadline to apply to pitch is now closed. See which companies made the cut:

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

NEXT VENTURE PITCH 2020

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH 

*Half-day event from 9 AM - 1 PM

  • 9:00AM: Fireside Keynote with Jeff Hoffman

  • 9:30AM: Education Track Workshops:​​

    • Leading Through Change 

    • 10 Key Steps for Raising Venture Capital

  • 11:00AM: Pitch Hour 

  • Announce Day 1 Pitch Winner  

concurrent, Ask-Me-Anything-style sessions ​(*Requires VIP Access to attend)

  • *1:00PM: Meet the VC's Session with Bull City Venture Partners & Knoll Ventures

  • *1:00PM: Meet the Speakers Session with Mohamed Massaquoi and Tim Whitmire from CXN

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 

*Half-day event from 9 AM - 1 PM

  • 9:00AM: Keynote PanelBuilding World-Class Products

  • 9:30AM: Education Track Workshop:

    • ​Perfecting your Pitch 

  • 10:00AM: Pitch Hour 

  • 11:00AM: Closing Keynote PanelGrow Your Startup

  • Announce Day 2 Pitch Winner 

concurrent, Ask-Me-Anything-style sessions ​(*Requires VIP Access to attend)

  • *1:00PM: Meet the VC's Session with Edison Partners, Techstars and Construct Capital

  • *1:00PM: Meet the Speakers Session with Javier Buzzalino, Michael Morrissey, and Butler Raines from our Building World Class Products Panel

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH 

*Half-day event from 9 AM - 1 PM

  • 9:00AM: Fireside Keynote with Jay Simons

  • 9:30AM: Live Pitch Finals Round 1 with VC  Judges​​

  • 10:30AM: Panel- Building World Class Teams

  • 11:30AM: Live Pitch Finals Round 2 with VC Judges

  • 1:00PM: Closing Keynote​ Remarks and Pitch Winner Announcement

2020 Speakers

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jeff Hoffman 

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. 

EDUCATION TRACK SPEAKER 

Leading Through Change

Mohamed Massaquoi


Mohamed is a former UGA and NFL football player who now consults on change management through his Atlanta-based company, Vessol. After surviving a life-threatening ATV accident in 2017, he was inspired to shift his career from wealth advisory to starting his own company. 

Mohamed's practice at Vessol encompasses inspirational and motivational presentations, change- and action-focused workshops, and executive coaching. Vessol’s offerings are directed toward improving mindset, team culture, and the cultivation of lifelong learning that spurs desired change outcomes.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jay Simons

In 2008, Jay Simons joined Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM) an Australian-based global software company and helped grow the business from virtually nothing to over $1.7B in annualized revenues represented by over 170,000 customers from across the world.

 

During his tenure as President, Jay helped pioneer the “Product Led Growth” software category whereby software businesses grow largely through product innovation, “land-and- expand” virality and online self-service. Atlassian is famously known for leading collaboration tools which include JIRA Software, Confluence, Bitbucket, Trello and JIRA Service Desk.

PANEL- BUILDING WORLD CLASS PRODUCTS 

featuring:

Marty Osborn

Moderator, Founder & President of Advoco

Butler Raines

Chief Product Officer, SalesLoft

Michael Morrissey

CTO, FullStory

Javier Buzzalino

SVP R&D, Infor

Mark Essex

CEO of Netalytics

This panel will feature themes around building world-class products, such as:

  • How to optimize for product/market fit in the product planning & building lifecycle

  • How to best manage that "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" versus what it "needs"

  • How to best manage legacy products and product debt

  • How to measure product team and individual productivity

PANEL- GROW YOUR STARTUP 

featuring:

Dru Armstrong

Moderator, CEO of Grace Hill

Sue Marks

Founder & CEO, Cielo

Jon-Michial Carter

Founder & CEO, Chartspan

Bob Youakim

Founder & CEO, Passport

Marty Osborn

Moderator, Founder & President of Advoco

This panel will feature lessons from a group of experienced founders who have grown their startup, including:

How they built, grew and evolved their winning teams 
How they overcame obstacles and challenges to get to "the next level"
How they eventually arrived at the right "product/market fit", and what they did when things changed
How they *actually* built world-class products and services
How they've learned to turn upset customers into customer advocates
How they balanced being strategically focused with being flexible for a changing market

PANEL- BUILDING WORLD CLASS TEAMS 

featuring:

Joe Schmidt

Moderator, Notre Dame football captain and MVP

Tajh Boyd

All-American QB, Clemson University

Jess McDonald

US Women's Soccer World Cup Champion

Bobby Cremins

former head coach, Georgia Tech

Back by popular demand is our second-ever World Class Teams panel! This year's all-star line-up:

 

Jess McDonald, UNC women's soccer national champion, Women's World Cup Champion in Paris 2019

Tajh Boyd, ACC Player of the Year, All-American, and all-time Clemson leader for passing yards and passing TDs

Bobby Cremins, legendary basketball coach, Naismith College Coach of the Year

 

The panel will be moderated by Joe Schmidt, walk-on to Notre Dame football and their eventual captain and MVP.  Joe, a previously an investor at Silicon Valley's Accel and is now a top executive at Ethos Life, a Forbes top 50 fintech company he originally invested in.

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EDUCATION TRACK SPEAKER 

10 Key Steps to Raising Venture Capital

John Yates

Attorney at Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP

John is an experienced and highly decorated attorney in the field of technology law. Practicing law for over 30 years, John has the opportunity to speak on hundreds of occasions and is also a top lawyer in the venture capital sphere. He's been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle and has been cited by the United States Supreme Court in Kodak v. Image Technical Services.

EDUCATION TRACK SPEAKER

Perfecting Your Pitch

Matt Dunbar

Managing Director, VentureSouth

As the co-founder and Managing Director of VentureSouth, Matt Dunbar has over 12 years of experience working with Angel investor networks. VentureSouth is an early-stage venture firm that provides early-stage capital to high-growth companies. As one of the largest firms in the U.S., its network comprises more than 300 investors and has funneled more than $45 million to over 70 companies.

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NEXT VENTURE PITCH is a conference hosted by NEXT, an economic development and entrepreneurial support organization located in Greenville, SC. To learn more, visit www.nextsc.org

Get In Contact with NEXT:

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Greenville, SC 29601

Call: (864) 751-4845

Email: info@nextsc.org

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