A Week of Entrepreneurship and Innovation | GVL SC

Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Greenville is still buzzing from the first annual #StartupGVL Week. The week-long celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation was a coordinated effort between the City of Greenville and some of its partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Furman's latest GVL Starts class showed out on their well-supported Demo Day.

See the Demo Day excitement for yourself!

Prior to the event, organizers chose finalists from the class who would get to pitch their businesses in front of a live audience on stage for a chance to win $5,000.

Product/Service:

Tech/Software

Many members of the class took the opportunity to practice their pitches face-to-face at tables they set up in the lobby.

Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the entrepreneurs and their displays!

Josh Folks (Kopis), Jon Bryson (Matty App) at Tech Slam 'N Eggs


Flywheel held its first Tech Slam 'N Eggs event in Greenville.

The breakfast event aimed at web developers and their supporters took place in a room planned out by Workplace Architecture and Design, owned by Flywheel founding partner Peter Marsh.

Flywheel's Greenville co-working space is still under construction. It will be part of the Crescent Startup Community, which will also house several entrepreneurial support organizations including South Carolina Research Authority, The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Venture South.


NEXT Upstate knocked it out of the park with its first annual Launchpad event.

Service providers gave away more than $100K in prizes during the celebration.

The event was a joyful celebration of entrepreneurship. See the smiles for yourself in the pics below!

To wrap up the first annual #StartupGVL Week, the City of Greenville hosted a Toast to Innovation led by Councilwoman Dorothy Dowe.

It was cold and windy for the only outdoor event of the week, but that didn't stop the die-hard supporters from coming out to raise their glasses to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Learn more about that and all of the events in this wrapup of #StartupGVL Week from Loren Thomas and the video below from the #youcangreenvillesc team.

Michelle Willis