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Changes to NEXT are coming


One of Greenville’s earliest and successful business incubators is going to be seeing some changes in 2021.


The first is that NEXT will move its organizational charter under the Greenville Chamber Foundation, opening NEXT up to 501(c)(3) status. By moving to the Foundation, NEXT will gain access to a revised governance model as well as enhanced access to partnerships and resources that will lead to the continued growth of Greenville’s high impact entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Additionally, the City of Greenville and Greenville County announced significant increases in their investment into NEXT.


“Greenville City Council has identified Economic Development as one of the City’s top priorities and has allocated significant resources to achieve its economic development goals,” said Greenville City Manager John McDonough. “ In order to be positioned to innovate and successfully compete in a Global economy we must support talent and entrepreneurial development in a targeted and collaborative way.”


NEXT also announced that their NEXT on Main facility, located on the third floor of the 101 North Main building overlooking ONE City Plaza, will now include offices for NEXT, the City of Greenville’s Economic Development team, and Furman’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


“Furman is excited to be part of this shared working space with NEXT and the City of Greenville,” said Dr. Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to engage in meaningful work with the city, and to help make Greenville a leading innovation hub in the country.”


According to Greenville Chamber’s President/CEO, Carlos Phillips, this “demonstrates a strategic and coordinated prioritization of the transformative value of innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. We look forward to continuing to work with NEXT and these key community partners on this important work.”



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