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March 03, 2022 | Tom Ballard

SCRA’s annual summit named “Scale Up SC” will feature a Knoxvillian

The annual “SCRA Summit,” hosted by the South Carolina Research Authority, has announced more details about the agenda, and one of the featured panelists is Knoxville’s Kevin Weir, Director of Business Development at General Graphene Corporation. The conference is set for April 28 at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia. To register, click here.

The opening session will feature three presentations:

  • “Progress of South Carolina’s Innovation Economy” with Bob Quinn, SCRA Executive Director;
  • “Innovation Initiatives in South Carolina” delivered byHarry M. Lightsey III, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce; and
  • Keynote address titled “Keep Going, Perseverance and Resilience” from Bea Wray, Best-Selling Author.

The morning concurrent panel sessions will focus on:

  • “Get Funding with Matt Dunbar of VentureSouth and Amy Salzhauer McMarlin of Good Growth Capital; and
  • “Defining Your Market Fit” with Henry Pellerin of VantagePoint and USC’s Chad Hardaway.

Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette will speak on “The Importance of Innovation on South Carolina’s Economy” at the awards ceremony.

The afternoon panels will focus on:

  • “Pitching for Results” with Charlie Banks of VentureSouth, Cliff Holekamp of Cultivation Capital, and David Mendez of Good Growth Capital; and
  • “Scaling and Productionwith Weir of General Graphene and Austin Shirley of Diversified Medical Healthcare

The closing address will be delivered by Patrick Bryant, The Harbor Entrepreneurial Center



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