What is the Growth Summit?

The Growth Summit is South Carolina’s up-and-coming boundary-breaking entrepreneurship event for leaders and innovators.

This space is for you.
You the entreprenuers.
You the creators.
You the change-makers.

Let’s gather together an event designed to reflect the spirit of the entrepreneur where we’ll celebrate the unconventional and elevate your business how-to-IQ.

The Growth Summit will dive into a range of workshops and sessions on

→ How to 10X yourself and your business
→ Noteworthy state-wide industry and innovation success stories
→ Success stories from Columbia’s thriving entrepreneurs from across the state

Get ready for a full-day+ of tactical, quality content and high-engagement experiences delivered by world-class speakers right in the heart of South Carolina — downtown Cola, SC.

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Speaker Lineup 2021 – Coming Soon

We will add the 2021 lineup shortly. View speakers from past years below.

The Growth Summit 2021 event is one you won’t want to miss!

Lou Kennedy
Lou KennedyOwner
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Laura Boccanfuso
Laura BoccanfusoOwner
Van Robotics
Dominik Mjartan
Dominik MjartanCEO
Optus Bank
Tyler Roberton
Tyler RobertonOwner
Diesel Laptops
Lasenta Lewis-Ellis
Lasenta Lewis-EllisOwner
LLE Construction
Karen Jenkins
Karen JenkinsOwner
KRJ Consulting
Steve Benjamin
Steve BenjaminMayor
Columbia, SC
Sandy McGuckin
Sandy McGuckinCo-Owner
TCube Solutions
Sam McGuckin
Sam McGuckinCo-Owner
TCube Solutions
Marcus Lattimore
Marcus LattimoreCEO
The Xtra Inch
Amelia Hough-Ross
Amelia Hough-RossDeputy CTO
Companion Data Services
Rosemary O'Neill
Rosemary O'NeillCo-founder
Crowdstack
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CO-ORGANIZERS

Matt Vaadi
Matt VaadiFounder and CEO
ERG Payroll & HR
Erin Curtis
Erin CurtisProgram Manager
GrowCo
Sergio Aparicio
Sergio AparicioBusiness Development Manager
City of Columbia Economic Development Office

About the Event

The Growth Summit started in 2015 as a small group of folks trying to learn more about how to create a great company. The event grew until last year we had more than 250 attendees. The event was started by Matt Vaadi from ERG Payroll & HR with the intent of creating Columbia’s future conference. The one that attracts people from all over the region to come together and learn how to create a business that matters. In 2020, the event has been handed over to GrowCo.

Hosted By GrowCo

Since 2020, the Growth Summit is hosted by GrowCo. GrowCo’s vision is to 10x the number of INC 5000 companies in the Columbia, SC area in the next 10 years and that aligns perfectly with the vision for the Growth Summit. Visit their website to learn more about their vision and how to become a Growth Summit sponsor.

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2021 Growth Summit Sponsors

Basecamp Sponsors

VentureSouth
MidlandsBiz

Trainer Sponsor

Trek Sponsors

Bauknight, Pietras, and Stormer

Partner Sponsors

Hotel Trundle
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2021 Growth Summit Official Hotels

Hotel Trundle has a limited number of discounted rooms for the 2021 Growth Summit.

Distance from Alumni Center: .8 miles

Rate: $149 per night
Type: Double Queen, King

To access the discounted rate, use the PROMO code LETSGROW at time of purchase. 2021 Growth Summit ticket confirmation may be requested at check-in.

The Hilton has a limited number of discounted rooms for the 2021 Growth Summit.

Distance from Alumni Center: Adjacent to the Alumni Center

Rate: $185 per night
Type: Double Queen, King

To access the discounted rate, call The Hilton direct at 803 744 7800 and request the group rate for GrowCo. 2021 Growth Summit ticket confirmation may be requested at check-in. You can also book online by clicking here.