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Success Stories

Lots of effort from lots of people have contributed to numerous startup successes over the last five years. The startup world is not for the faint of heart. As we all know companies come and companies go, but Clemson’s best persist and prosper.

As Rocky Balboa said: “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are... it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit... and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! If you know what you're worth, go and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers... saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody! Cowards do that, and that ain't you!”

Trajectories Changed

The following represent a few of the many lives and life trajectories we have changed recently.


  • Kanga Coolers started as a class project. See their LinkedIn here.
  • Swim Lessons with Mary grew exponentially thanks to our advice. See their LinkedIn here.
  • VESTR started and gained traction over a four-year incubation period here. See their LinkedIn here.
  • Snouts and Stouts began as a passion project merging a dog park with a social spot. See their LinkedIn here.
  • Julia Brino is a thriving Venture Capitalist.  See her LinkedIn here.
  • Zach Wyman is a flourishing Corporate Venture Capitalist. See his LinkedIn here.
  • Undergrad Movers is a premium hospitality and general labor staffing platform. See their LinkedIn here.