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Women Entrepreneurs of Upstate, SC 2019 Kickoff Event

  • Brickyard Greenville 400 Birnie Street, Suite J Greenville, SC 29611 United States (map)

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Women Entrepreneurs of Upstate, SC!


📢 Kickoff message from your Market Lead, Rebecca Heiss, PhD

✨ Welcome message from Founder, Melissa Barker

⚡️ Keynote presentation from Erin Henderson Outzts

🍍 Delicious food provided by Sun Belly Cafe & Catering

💚 Meaningful connections with like-minded women founders

This kickoff event, the first of 4 to be held this year, is FREE for members only. Members, please reserve your seat below.

Guests may purchase a $25 ticket below or click here to learn more about membership and to apply.


Members, CLICK HERE to reserve your (FREE) seat.


A well-functioning ecosystem fosters the mission of Women Entrepreneurs of the Upstate by facilitating knowledge exchange. It’s the only true short cut to organic mentorship, education and skill development. An ecosystem requires people who are willing to commit, connect and collaborate. It enables onramps that provide entrances into the system that would otherwise have been difficult to find or navigate.  The intentional intersections foster more valuable interactions and access to ideas and resources.

Women Entrepreneurs of the Upstate has the opportunity to create a culture of trust amongst our women business owners that makes collaboration, cooperation, reciprocity and the focus on a common good part of all we do, without it being intentional, in the end.

In this powerful keynote, members and guests can expect to learn:

  • How building an ecosystem requires intentionally working toward a culture of trust

  • How an effectively operating ecosystem saves time and money by moving you quickly to the right resource

  • Top ways to build an effective ecosystem:

    • Put entrepreneurs first

    • Foster conversations

    • Invite everyone

    • Live the values

    • Connect people bottom-up, top-down and outside-in

    • Tell the authentic story

    • Start, be patient



Rebecca Heiss, PhD, Women Entrepreneurs of Upstate, SC Market Lead

After earning her PhD with research designated as “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Heiss went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts” - subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. She founded Biologic Balance, a stress hormone consultation company and is currently launching a new self-awareness app, called Icueity, to help every individual reach her/his full potential. She has been honored to speak internationally on her work, including multiple TEDx talks, and has found her calling in helping others recognize the power of biological applications in the business world. She currently chairs a private advisory board in Greenville, SC to help business leaders empower one another to live happier, more conscious lives while growing their organizations. Rebecca lives with her spoiled rotten dog named Bird, and tries every day to live her life motto: “spread happy.”



Erin Henderson Outzts, Director, Spartanburg Angel Network and 1 Million Cups

Erin works regularly to support entrepreneurship in the Upstate, both as Director of the VentureSouth Spartanburg angel investor group and as the leader of the Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality focus area for Ten at the Top. She is leading members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on a journey to strengthen and grow our Upstate ecosystem.

Through Erin’s efforts, Ten at the Top and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Andy Stoll, the Kauffman Foundation’s lead entrepreneurial ecosystem expert for a keynote luncheon for regional stakeholders and a workshop for ecosystem partners. She attends the Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Summits on ecosystem development with over 600 builders from around the world and participates in a work group to support Universal Awareness of ecosystems.