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NEXT Venture Pitch Announces Top National Venture Firms to Participate in This Year’s Annual Event

Representatives from nationally acclaimed funds as Accel, Kleiner Perkins, and NEA to join judges in this year's top entrepreneurial pitch event of the Carolinas

(Greenville, SC)July 19, 2021

Entrepreneurship and tech are booming all across the United States, making 2021 the landmark year to invest for the future. The NEXT Venture Pitch 2021 Conference leverages the incredible Carolina-based network to bring together the top companies, investors, and innovators to connect and change the world through revolutionary business ideas.

As the September 16th conference date approaches, investor representatives are signing on to attend the half-day conference in Greenville- and today, NEXT is announcing the top national investor funds to be represented at this year’s event: Accel, Kleiner Perkins, and NEA. Each individual investor will serve on the panel of judges for the pitch competition portion of the conference.

"We are so pleased to welcome these nationally renowned investment firms to Greenville’s NEXT Venture Pitch, and we are equally excited to announce in the coming weeks the top Southeast and Carolina-based firms who will also be joining the event,” said Alex Estevez, Venture Partner with Silicon Valley-based Accel. "This demonstrates the progress the Upstate has made in becoming more attractive to entrepreneurs and innovators, and it also underscores the attractiveness of the Carolinas to some of the top investors in the country."


Accel is an early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business. The company brings more than three decades of experience in building and supporting companies. Accel’s vision for entrepreneurship and business enables it to identify and invest in the companies that will be responsible for the growth of next-generation industries. Accel-backed companies include Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Lookout Security, MoPub, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Vox Media, and others.

Number of Investments: 1,621

Active Since: 1983


Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins is a venture capital firm that specializes in investing in early-stage, incubation, and growth companies. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the firm invests in founders with bold ideas that span industries and continents, partnering with them from inception to IPO and beyond to maximize the potential of their ideas. They focus on early computer firms using their devices and programming and service companies, as well as digital, life sciences, and healthcare industries.

Number of Investments: 1,275

Active Since: 1972



New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) is a global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors, and geographies. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California with over $19 Billion in cumulative committed capital since the firm’s founding, NEA invests in technology and healthcare companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO. The firm's long track record of successful investing includes more than 210 portfolio company IPOs and more than 360 acquisitions.

Number of Investments: 1,946

Active Since: 1977




Now in its sixth iteration, the NEXT Venture Pitch Conference is a half-day venture capital conference that brings together high-growth entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, world-class speakers, and more to establish Greenville as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub in the southeast. For more information, visit


NEXT is an entrepreneurial support organization that attracts and helps high-impact, knowledge-based companies grow by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Susan Durden | 864-735-7516 |

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