August 16, 2022
Innovative Program Boosts Entrepreneurs in the Most Startup-Friendly City in America
READY TO START
The third GVL Starts cohort includes 26 founders of all ages, races, and backgrounds. The knowledge they gain and the connections they make during this transformational experience will help launch ideas into startups and startups into successful ventures.
Erin Brasington and her daughter EvanMarie co-founded Versillo, a company that makes a patented multi-use travel pillow.
The mother-daughter duo is ready to get started.
“As new and aspiring entrepreneurs, we are so excited to participate in the GVL Starts program,” Erin Brasington said. “We look forward to taking advantage of their wonderful resources and forming new connections and friendships that can help expand our business…"
"Being able to experience that with my daughter makes it even better.”
From High School to "Heat"
More proof that age is just a number in entrepreneurship...
D'alexander Zegarra is a recent high school graduate and founder of the Instaheat app, a sneaker marketplace that allows users to buy, sell, and trade authentic sneakers in any condition.
Zegarra says he is excited to be a part of GVL Starts because of the people behind it.
“Greenville is full of motivated people who push others to be the best they can be, which is perfect for startups,” Zegarra said.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Dozens of people have now graduated from the GVL Starts program but most of them have stayed in close touch. Being a part of the supportive and collaborative network of founders in our community has helped them through the challenges entrepreneurs inevitably face. No matter where they go from here, GVL Starts will remain a critical and impactful chapter of their entrepreneurial journeys.
We checked in with some recent GVL Starts grads to see what they've been up to and to get their thoughts on how the program has affected them and their businesses.
Allan Symonette is the founder of Surcee.com, a virtual one-stop-shop that provides a convenient way for customers to support local merchants.
Erin Mehagan is a mother and the founder of Livi Lou Laine, an intimates brand named after her three daughters that helps women boost their confidence and improve their self-image by creating the shape they desire. She was one of Allan's classmates in the second GVL Starts cohort.
Mehagan says GVL Starts is “a powerful combination of practical information and advice” whose resources and connections “continue to add value and support growth long after the cohort has ended.”