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 entrepreneurs.
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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Event Legacy

Created by Matt Vaadi, Founder and CEO of guHRoo (formerly ERG), 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.

2022 Speaker

Speaker list coming soon!

2021 Speaker Alumni

Keynote Speaker, Jonah Berger
Keynote Speaker, Jonah BergerInternationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst
Kal Gullapalli
Kal GullapalliManaging Principal
Greg Hilton
Greg HiltonCo-founder and Managing Partner, SOCO
Chris Heivly
Chris HeivlyFounder of Mapquest and Managing Director at Build the Fort
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
Shawn Regan
Shawn ReganFounder & CEO, Rhythmlink
Harold Singletary
Harold SingletaryFounder & CEO, Brightma Farms
Amy Love
Amy LoveDirector of Entrepreneur Education, Boomtown Accelerators
Dr. Gordon Jones
Dr. Gordon JonesCo-Founder & CEO, Validide
Alexander Abrashkin
Alexander AbrashkinCEO, Motor Supply, Inc
Bryan Murdaugh
Bryan MurdaughCEO, Fivable, GrowCo Board Member
Charlie Banks
Charlie BanksManaging Partner, VentureSouth
Josh Miller
Josh MillerFounder, FarmShots
Ben Green
Ben GreenPresident & COO, Insurance Advantage, Global Traveler, Author of The Global Superstar
Patrick Bryant
Patrick BryantCEO of Code/+/Trust & Co-founder of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center
Katherine Swartz
Katherine SwartzSpecial Projects, McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at UofSC and Founder, Coax Strategies
Rick Oppedisano
Rick OppedisanoPresident & CEO Delta Bravo AI
AJ Richichi
AJ RichichiCEO, Sprockets
Laura McIntosh
Laura McIntoshManaging Director, Office of Innovation at the S.C. Department of Commerce
Tyler Robertson
Tyler RobertsonCEO, Diesel Laptops
Mike McGovern
Mike McGovernPartner, Bauknight Pietras & Stormer p.a
Breanna Bre Spaulding
Breanna Bre SpauldingMcNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at UofSC and Associate, Coax Strategies
Colin Griffin
Colin GriffinFounder, CEO, Chief Engineer, Krumware
Matt Morley
Matt MorleyPartner, Chief Investment Officer, Pendleton Street Advisors
Jada Willis
Jada WillisCEO, WillisHR
Ben Glenn
Ben GlennPartner, Bauknight Pietras & Stormer p.a
Aaron Taylor
Aaron TaylorManaging Attorney
Matt Vaadi
Matt VaadiFounder and CEO
Sergio Aparicio
Sergio AparicioBusiness Development Manager

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