New GVL Starts Cohort Gets Started on August 25 | GVL SC

GVL Starts Ready to Launch Third Cohort

A mother-daughter duo, e-sports gaming fanatic, a green laundry service provider, and the creator of an online sneaker marketplace are among a group of diverse founders who will dive into the GVL Starts program on August 25.

Winners from Spring 2022's GVL Starts Demo Day

Fall 2022 Cohort

Darst Ventures: Investment advisors for high-income individuals, young investors, or new investors

Montaña Instrument Reeds: Provides affordable, sustainable reeds for musicians

Best Years Group: Facilitates online and in-person wellness programs for the active older adult

Andrew Block: Content creation and digital marketing for EdTech, coaching, advocacy groups, and more

Bill Sparling: Provides future-proof industrial/manufacturing maintenance and reliability strategies and comprehensive work management processes

Caleb Bourgeois: Offers clients a full-service portrait experience, online photo storage, and delivery of matted and framed portraits

Game On E-Sports and Recreation: Brings awareness to opportunities for careers and scholarships to competitors similar to traditional sports and Runs an online store that offers the best SC swag and t-shirts designed by local artists

Instaheat: Sneaker marketplace in mobile app form where users can buy, sell, and trade authentic sneakers in any condition

iServe Her Concierge: Takes care of essential and time-consuming tasks and creates memorable "Wow" moments for busy people and companies

Versillo: Sells a patented travel pillow that solves the problem of not being able to sleep in the dreaded middle seats on airplanes

EllPac: Created a discreet, foldable child's changing table for the traveling professional

JIG Productions: Designed a three-tier business model to connect emerging filmmakers in Greenville to opportunity, mentorship, and community

Jay Desai: Provides safe, clean laundry service and a social gathering spot while doing laundry in a green environment

Mahogany’s Coffee and Moore: Delivers custom-built mobile coffee and beverage bars staffed with baristas to events in SC and eventually the southeast

Picture Pro Photo Booth: Provides memorial photo booth experiences that include animated GIFs, boomerang booths, and more for in-person and virtual events in SC

Kathleen Shegda: Makes custom desserts that feature unexpected but delicious flavors including celery, corn, flowers and pickles

Kendall Daly: Mobile operation that refills sustainable cleaning supplies, personal care products, and pantry staples

Kirby Mitchell: Offers assistance with organizational structure, ROI evaluation, litigation strategies, client communication, EPIC interface, Pay for Success funding, and more

GramTee's: Provides southern comfort, BBQ, and other catering services

Lynn Shiflet: Creates original art, jewelry, and clothing for women of ALL sizes

Michael Hester: Created a security intervention system that binds a threat in place by entanglement linked to a hold-fast point

Sabrina Carapia: Saves companies time, resources, and money by providing gift services that help build better client relationships

Great Greenville Discovery: Provides 2-hour fun-filled scavenger hunts through the streets of downtown Greenville allowing participants to learn while searching for clues

FanCore: Provides unconventional gifts for hardcore college sports fans

MouthMint: Makes diet tracking easy by providing a way for user to upload pics of food and receipts and generates specific recommendations

GVL Starts is an 8-week program that ends with a Demo Day event, which is a chance for the founders to pitch their businesses face-to-face at a booth or on stage to a live audience.

Michelle Willis