We are excited to announce NEXTStart , a summer entrepreneurial immersion program to help young entrepreneurs launch new companies! NEXTStart will provide initial funding for early-stage entrepreneurs: up to $5,000 per team member and $10,000 per company. A team of successful area entrepreneurs, professional service providers, and investors are collaborating to provide mentoring and direct assistance to the NEXTStart entrepreneurs. Selection into the program will be based on originality and business potential of the idea. A team of program investors will make the selection. The chosen companies will be housed in the NEXT Innovation Center in downtown Greenville with other NEXT companies.
Please encourage any entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs that you know to check out the program and apply for admission: http://www.nextstart.org/ The deadline is March 30, 2009.
NEXTStart is a collaborative effort sponsored by Clemson University’s Renaissance Center and the Spiro Institute, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, SC Launch! and the NEXT organization of regional technology entrepreneurs in Greenville, SC. These organizations will participate with programs, mentoring and other entrepreneurial development activities during the 8-week summer program.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information. Thank you for spreading the word!