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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2021 Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Keynote SpeakerJonah Berger
Internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst
Jonah Berger
Kal Gullapalli
Kal GullapalliManaging Principal
Greg Hilton
Greg HiltonCo-founder and Managing Partner, SOCO
Chris Heivly
Chris HeivlyFounder of Mapquest
Former SVP of Ecosystem Development at TechStars
Mapquest
Kaity Miller
Kaity MillerProgram Director, SC Codes
Thaddeus W Jones Jr
Thaddeus W Jones JrCEO and Founder of Fanatik Productions
Ben Rex
Ben RexCo-founder of Cyberwoven and Create Opportunity
Grace Wilkes
Grace WilkesTechnical Support Engineer, Sharpspring
Dirk Brown
Dirk BrownDirector, McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
Terrell Turner
Terrell TurnerCreator & Host of Business Talk Library and Co-Founder of TLTurner Group
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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

Event Legacy

Created by Matt Vaadi, Founder and CEO of ERG Payroll & HR, the Growth Summit started in 2015 as a small group of folks trying to learn more about how to create a great company. Through the years, the event has grown in size and scope with the goal of becoming Columbia’s flagship event for entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2020, the event was handed over to GrowCo to lead.

About 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

Keynote Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

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Basecamp Sponsors

Trainer Sponsor

Joe Taylor and the Central Carolina Community Foundation

Trek Sponsors

Bauknight, Pietras, and Stormer
Bauknight, Pietras, and Stormer
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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.

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

Distance from Alumni Center: .2 miles

Rate: $149 per night

To access the discounted rate, call The Hyatt direct at 1 888 492 8847 and request the group rate for G-GROW. 2021 Growth Summit ticket confirmation may be requested at check-in. You can also book online by clicking here. Cut off date for the discounted rate is October 22, 2021. here.

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

Distance from Alumni Center: .3 miles

Rate: $182 – $202 per night

To access the discounted rate online by clicking here. 2021 Growth Summit ticket confirmation may be requested at check-in.

Speaker Alumni

View speakers from past years.

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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