Project Verge, GSSM’s Alumni Entrepreneur Symposium, part of the Foundation’s initiative to create an innovation ecosystem, will be a two-day thinktank April 6–8, 2017, aimed at connecting alumni with each other and with SC-based entrepreneurs, investors and innovation leaders.

The symposium will feature conversations about startup collaborations, job creation, and the possible development of an Alumni Consulting Team to support SC’s growing R&D needs.
















Sonoco IPS Studio • 200 Sonoco Road • Hartsville SC 29550

6:00 – 6:45 PM
Cocktail Reception

The Midnight Rooster, 136 East Carolina Ave, Hartsvillle SC

The Midnight Rooster, 136 East Carolina Ave, Hartsvillle SC

Kim Bowman, CEO GSSM Foundation & Bob Brown, Hartsville-based entrepreneur
8:00 AM & 8:15 AM
Bus to Sonoco's IPS Studio

8:00 - The Mantissa Hotel, 130 East Carolina Ave / 8:15 - The Fairfield Inn, 200 South 4th Street

Meet in front of the Mantissa Hotel or the Fairfield Inn

Sonoco’s IPS Studio, 200 Sonoco Road, Hartsville SC

Sonoco’s IPS Studio, 200 Sonoco Road, Hartsville SC

Kim Bowman, GSSM Foundation & Jeff Schuetz, Sonoco

Sonoco’s IPS Studio, 200 Sonoco Road, Hartsville SC

Bob Quinn, SCRA

Sonoco’s IPS Studio, 200 Sonoco Road, Hartsville SC

Individual introductions

Panelists: James Brown, Fluor; Lewis Gossett, SCMA; Johannes Mutzke, Michelin; and Jeff Schuetz, Sonoco

Chris DeSoiza, Milliken

“The Business of (Tech) Startups”

Paul Singh, CEO Results Junkies

Sonoco’s IPS Studio, 200 Sonoco Road, Hartsville SC

Panelists: Jun Xu '97, Brighton Best International; Zach Malachano '00, Cognito Theraputics; Susan Petracco '92, AccurateTax; Patrick Crosby '01, mParticle; Wilson White '99, Google; and Tim Hess '06, TAO LifeSciences

Paul Singh, CEO Results Junkies

John Warner, Accessible Diagnostics; Jim Stritzinger, USC; Frank Mobley, Immedion; and David Dunn, VC3

Retrofit Sip-n-Seat, 152 East Mantissa Row, Hartsville SC 29550

The LighterSide, 217 N 5th St, Hartsville, SC

130 East Carolina Ave, Hartsville SC

Charlie Banks, VentureSouth
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast at Startsville

Startsville: GSSM Foundation’s Innovation Center, 145 West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville SC

Keynote Speaker
Paul Singh

Paul Singh

Paul is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and Airstreamer. Previously: Managing Director @1776, Founder @disruptioncorp (acq by @1776), Partner @500Startups, EIR at USCIS / DHS. Find him at

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Lee Tupper

Transportation Engineer at HDR

Transportation Engineer, researcher, adjunct professor, sailor, fisher, handyman, Clemson football, problem solver, connector

Shane Howard

President of solful Solutions


Rob Johnson

Group Product Manager, Twitter

Product at Twitter, creating the tools developers use to build with public Twitter data.

Benjamin Johnson

Director of Research, SC Department of Commerce

Ben brings a wealth of research skills to the SCDOC gained after 15 years of research in commercial real estate.

Christine Hang

CEO and Co-Founder, Flow MedTech, Inc.

Flow MedTech, Inc., is developing a medical device to prevent strokes in people with irregular heart rhythms.

Jonellyn Dittenhauser

Associate Director Startsville

Love the mountains, skiing, my kids and my job!!!

    Michael Bolick

    President, Selah Partners

    Husband . Father . Friend . Serial Entrepreneur . Liberty Fellow . South Carolinian

    Mary Ellen Player

    City Manager, Google Fiber Charlotte

    Connector. Communicator. Fiber Crusader. South Carolina Lover. Girls Stater. Soul Singer.


    • Sonoco IPS Studio
      200 Sonoco Rd
      Hartsville, SC 29550

    Our Host Hotel is Mantissa Executive Suites and Spa, but there are many hotels in the area.

    SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Foundation
    The Byerly Foundation
    Integrated Systems
    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
    BMW Manufacturing Co.
    First Citizens Bank
    Markette / West Oil
    Sweeney Wingate & Barrow
    Coker Foundation
    Barb Steadman