NEXT recently completed an Economic Impact Survey, which found that 145 Upstate companies supported by NEXT created 221 new full-time jobs in South Carolina last year.
The total full-time employment of NEXT-supported companies is now 913 workers.
NEXT companies also attracted $40 million last year in angel capital and venture capital investments. In 2014, two NEXT companies were successfully acquired by international firms: Hitachi Solutions acquired Customer Effective and EKF Diagnostics acquired Selah Genomics.
“It is very exciting and encouraging to see these kinds of results from our dynamic entrepreneur community,” Michael Bolick, NEXT board chair and CEO of Selah Genomics, said in a release.
John Moore, CEO of NEXT, said in the release, “When companies are founded and flourish here, everyone wins – the founders, the employees, the investors and ultimately the community.”