Thursday, October 4th, 2018 


NEXT Venture Pitch 2018

NEXT Venture Pitch is an opportunity to hear from notable tech founders and connect with venture capitalists and entrepreneur leaders. An exciting afternoon awaits with a full agenda from Fireside Chats and VC panels to startup pitches. 

Whether you're an entrepreneur, innovator, angel investor, or a community leader, join NEXT for the largest gathering of venture capitalists in the Upstate.


Unfortunately, due to the passing of a very close friend, our keynote speaker, Mark Templeton is no longer able to join us. However, he has graciously secured DigitalOCean's Founding CEO, Ben Uretsky, to come and tell his story of launching and scaling one of the world's top technology companies.

While we're saddened by Mark's news and send him our very best, we are excited to have Ben joining us as our keynote presenter.

Here's a little more about him and his amazing background.

Co-Founder & Board Member at DigitalOcean

Ben Uretsky co-founded DigitalOcean in 2011 and was accepted into the Techstars 2012 accelerator in Boulder, CO. DigitalOcean is a leading cloud computing IaaS provider based in New York, focused on delivering the simplest cloud platform for developers and teams.

To date, more than 1,000,000 developers have deployed over 50 million cloud servers, and the company has expanded its worldwide infrastructure footprint with multiple datacenter locations around the globe. DigitalOcean has grown to over 400 employees with half the team located outside of NYC headquarters working remotely.

Ben drives DigitalOcean's vision, strategy, and growth, providing developers with a simple and robust cloud infrastructure experience. His leadership has guided DigitalOcean's rise from a cloud startup for developers to the third largest and fastest growing cloud computing platform, according to The company has raised $123 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Access Industries, IA Ventures, CrunchFund, and Techstars.

Ben has more than 15 years experience in network engineering and the infrastructure space. Prior to DigitalOcean, he co-founded and built a managed hosting provider, ServerStack, that supported some of the top websites online and generated million-dollar annual revenues. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Pace University.

Ben will share lessons learned during the launch and growth stages at DigitalOcean as well as share anecdotes and insights regarding corporate culture, corporate VC and the company’s globally expanding footprint.


CEO of FullStory

In 2014, Scott and a group of ex-Google engineers wondered: if Google could make it easy for people to find answers on the Web, why couldn’t we do the same for your online customer experience (CX)?

Turns out they could. So they built FullStory.

Today, FullStory helps thousands of CX professionals make the digital world less frustrating for millions of consumers each day.  The Company has raised $25M from various Silicon Valley investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures and Salesforce.

Previously, Scott pursued a career in the corporate world before founding numerous other startups.

Scott will provide insights from his entrepreneurial journey and the ins and outs of attracting West Coast investment to the Southeast.


Business Strategist at the EDGY Empire

How to Do More Revenue Next Month Than You Did All of Last Year

If you listen to the advice of most sales experts, you'll find yourself barely limping along in business -- feeling stuck and frustrated, with wild swings in your sales success. That because most experts are stupid and their strategies suck. Kidding. The experts aren't stupid. But they are wrong. And it's you who ends feeling helpless because you don't know what to do. Let me share with you a sales strategy that has created $17 billion in brand new revenue for my clients over the last few years. It's less selling. And more awesome. We call it the "Theater of Success". It's a new process for generating revenue that hacks the traditional rules and leverages the way ordinary people behave to produce results that are 1000% better -- at least! Come find out how.

Partner at Yield

How Any Company Can Navigate the World of Data-Driven Marketing to Scale Their Business

Today’s world of digital marketing and attribution is a wild west of data, digital skills and software—and there’s not a good place to learn it. Marketing software is either outdated, missing key features or too expensive for small-to-midsize companies, even if they are growing quickly. In this session, Eric Dodds, former CMO of the largest code school in the world, will separate marketing myth from reality and show you the fundamentals of how to build a scalable, data-driven marketing engine to grow your business. 


  • Ticket Options 

    • Venture Pitch Conference & Mixer Only 

    • Venture Pitch Conference & Mixer PLUS your choice of a morning CEO Workshop:​

  • How Any Company Can Navigate the World of Data-Driven Marketing to Scale Their Business – Eric Dodds


  • How to Do More Revenue Next Month Than You Did All of Last Year – Dan Waldschmidt​

Venture Pitch 2017


Thursday, October 4th, 2018

  • Workshops: 8:30am - 11:30am

  • Conference: 12:30pm - 5pm 

  • Networking Mixer: 5pm - 6pm


Greenville ONE Center - 2nd Floor

2 West Washington Street

Greenville, SC 29601


Will there be lunch?

  • Lunch is on your own from 11:30am – 12:30pm in beautiful downtown Greenville.

Where can I park?

  • Richardson Street Garage: 66 Richardson Street

  • ONE City Plaza Garage (Aloft) : 34 Richardson Street

Can I just attend the CEO workshops?

  • No. The limited workshop seats are only available to those attending the Venture Pitch Conference that afternoon.

**Alcoholic beverages will be available during networking mixer. Appropriate identification is required. **




Last year, Venture Pitch attracted 11 venture capital principals from around the U.S. – the largest collection of VC’s in S.C. in 2017. A key reason for their participation is the opportunity to hear pitches from top ventures. To begin finding the best companies to put on stage this year, we’re pleased to open the pitch application process!

To apply,  entrepreneurs must email the following information to by Wednesday, Sept 5th.

  • Executive Summary: a brief 1-2 paragraph overview of your company as you would present it to potential investors

  • Traction: a short summary of recent market traction and investor interest/engagement

  • Pitch Deck: a draft pitch deck (assume a 5 minute pitch format)

Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, September 14th with final pitch selections announced by Friday, September 21st.  All application information will be treated confidentially and will be used for pitch selection purposes only.

An independent Pitch Selection Committee will review all completed applications and determine the top 6-8 ventures to pitch. We anticipate, as in prior years, receiving applications from ventures across South Carolina and neighboring states.

We can't wait to see you at the 3rd annual Venture Pitch Conference! 

This event sold out in 2017, so register now before your spot is taken! 

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411 University Ridge  

Greenville, SC 29601


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