Growthink's Luke Brown was awarded USC's Coach, Mentor and Advisor of the Year

   Great job Luke!!
Growthink's Luke Brown was awarded USC's Coach, Mentor and Advisor of the Year earlier this week, chosen by faculty and staff at the Marshall School of Business. Brown is pictured below with Faculty Coordinator, Professor Patrick Henry of the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. 

Luke, along with Professor Patrick Henry, led the Venture Initiation class comprised of 16 undergraduate students. Luke's years as an entrepreneur, advisor at Growthink, public speaker and his endless passion for learning and mentoring made him the perfect choice to coach this motivated class with an emphasis on Launching and Scaling Your Startup: Learn to build a startup from concept to reality with a focus on real-world entrepreneurial action and execution.

The Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurship also named its 2014 Undergrad Entrepreneur of the Year. The honoree of this award, Garret Davis, is CEO and Founder of Refined Hardware, which makes limited edition luxury watches in America. Davis, 21, had sales of over $330,000 in his first year of business. His most recent introduction generated over $50,000 of orders in just 24 hours.

A BIG congratulations to our very own Luke Brown as well as Mr.Garret Davis for their hard work and much-deserved awards!

More about the USC Lloyd Greif Center for Enterpreneurial Studies at the Marshall Scool of Business can be found here:

Congratulations to Growthink Client Uvaggio on Their Grand Opening!

Growthink client Uvaggio officially opened their doors last month in Coral Gables, FL and we're excited to see all the press and buzz they've been receiving.

Founded by Craig DeWald, a former director in HR for American Express, Uvaggio is a wine bar and restaurant focused on introducing patrons to wine from small hand selected wineries and European-style plates by Chef Bret Pelaggi.

It was named one of the top 10 new Miami restaurants that opened this Spring ( and we look forward to hearing about their growth and success in the future.

Congratulations Uvaggio!

Growthink's Luke Brown Selected as Mentor for SXSW V2V!

Congratulations Luke - what an exciting opportunity for you and the great entrepreneurs attending!

Announcing Our First Batch of V2V Mentors: Register Now to Meet Them in July

Written by Jessica Cox | April 24, 2014

Mentor Photos

After such a successful SXSW V2V Mentor Program in 2013, we are thrilled to announce our first batch of confirmed Mentors for the 2014 event. This is really an impressive crew of thought leaders from a variety of industries across the country. No matter where you are in the process of pursuing your dreams, we have a mentor that has trod the path before you and will help you tackle the next steps. Our extensive Mentor Program is the cornerstone of SXSW V2V, designed to provide you with the support, advice and expertise to take your idea to the next level.

We congratulate and welcome our newest Mentors to SXSW V2V:

Danny Fraser, Head of SEO at Romman Inc 
Frank Gruber, CEO & Cofounder of Tech Cocktail 
Jennifer Peck, Director of Media Relations at Banjo 
Joseph Kozusko, President & Founder of FreightStop 
Kimberly James, Owner of CBM Records 
Luke Brown, Senior Engagement Partner at Growthink Inc 
Marcus Daniels, Managing Director at Extreme Startups 
Mark Drosos, President of Lodestone Social Media 
Marta Voda, Talent Acquisition at Viacom 
Megan Adams, Director of Communications at Knock Twice LLC 

Look out for more SXSW V2V Mentor listings to come, and keep your eye on the V2V website for more information on how to reserve your time with one of these 100+ all-stars!

V2V badgeholders have the exclusive opportunity to meet with these stellar Mentors, so if you have yet to register for the event, do so today before the price increases on Saturday, April 26.

Have any interesting people to suggest for the SXSW V2V Mentor Program? Please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

Post written by Kathryn E. Irwin. 

Photo by David Fox.