Over the last 8 weeks, 24 GVL Starts entrepreneurs have worked towards today — or as they know it — Demo Day. This evening, 6 finalists will pitch to local investors and an audience for a chance to win a $5,000 grant for their startup venture.
So, what exactly is GVL Starts?
A new program this year at Furman University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (and in partnership with local organizations like City of Greenville, Greenville Local Development Corporation + the South Carolina Department of Commerce), GVL Starts teaches the skills needed to build a successful startup, connects budding entrepreneurs and business owners with like-minded community members, thinkers and leaders + helps turn ideas into action.
The finalists offer a range of products and services, from software technology to specialty footwear.
Here are the finalists:
- Zachary Stephens + Chandler Long | Sustain Edu is a software platform for data collection and management related to campus engagement, education, volunteering, philanthropy + marketing.
- Eric Cooperman | Bottle Titan beverage monitoring products tackle the multi-billion-dollar spoilage issue among beverage and wine suppliers, producers, consumers and collectors.
- Eva K. + Henry Vega | Thyme and Play is a non-profit specializing in event accommodation, hosting + planning services for the disabled community.
- LaShonn Edmunds | CAIRS Shoes feature a 4-way smart stretch design for women with medical conditions like lymphedema and swollen feet.
- Christian Taylor | Project Conduit offers a recording studio model that provides access to services like coaching and tools that help advance musicians’ and producers’ careers.
- Dionne Sandiford | Comfort Cover is a proprietary, easy-to-clean wrap-around cover for a mattress or sleeping pad featuring a built-in pillowcase + blanket and portability for disaster relief kits, daycares and on-the-go childcare.
Tune in virtually to watch Demo Day live from 6:30-8:30 p.m.