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NEXT Venture Pitch Announces 8 Pitch Finalists to Participate in NEXT Venture Pitch 2021

Eight startups to be featured on-stage at the annual NEXT Venture Pitch Conference on September 16th in Greenville, SC.

(Greenville, SC)

The crowd was packed at the NEXT Venture Pitch Screening Party event on September 1st to network and celebrate the 30 startups who gathered from across the region to be showcased as semifinalists for the upcoming NEXT Venture Pitch Conference. From this showcase of top companies based in the North Carolina/South Carolina region, 8 participants were selected to engage in an on-stage Q&A with investors on Thursday, September 16th. The companies who will be joining NEXT Venture Pitch on-stage are listed below in alphabetical order.

6AM City

6AM is redefining the future of local media as the fastest growing newsletter-first local media company in the country, delivering the most relevant need-to-know local news and events.



Anduin is software for professional service firms to run their business on. Anduin uses Artificial Intelligence for an easier, faster, smarter work-to-cash cycle.


Bubble Paper

Bubble Paper is an innovative new packaging product which is 100% curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and reduces CO2 footprint by up to 20X. Bubble Paper products are designed for e-commerce, meal-kit, and healthcare companies.



DebtBook helps finance teams in local government, higher education, and healthcare easily manage their debt and lease portfolio in the cloud. It is a powerful, easy-to-use debt and lease management software.


Inductive Ventures

Inductive Ventures (IV) has developed a revolutionary magnetic braking solution that never wears out. Our magnetic brake systems drastically reduce the operational and maintenance costs as well as the logistical costs of your vehicle over its life cycle.


Tested HQ

TestedHQ is a research technology (ResTech) platform that delivers programmatic access to first-party survey data. This data can be used by consumer product companies to improve the product development process.


Stark / EXO

EXO is a contactless retail checkout solution that scans a shopping bag of items simultaneously in a fraction of a second and instantly populates a mobile checkout experience or POS register.


Zylo Therapeutics

Zylö is bridging the innovation gap in topical drug delivery using patented silica particles called Z-pods™. The Z-pod™ delivery system overcomes bioavailability challenges by providing: improved stability, sustained release, targeting of the hair follicle unit, induced enzymatic degradation, and the ability to provide sustained release of nitric oxide.


The agenda for the event on the 16th is set to wow: a half-day conference packed with educational content from first-rate speakers, expert panels, and some of the top venture investors in the country judging top Carolina entrepreneurs as they compete live in a shark-tank-style competition. Tickets are available for sale online at

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