The Platform at Greer Announces Class IV Participants

GREER, S.C. – The Platform at Greer, an Entrepreneurship Program of Greer Development Corporation located in Greer, SC, is announcing their Bootcamp Class IV cohort scheduled for November 11 and 12 at The Randall House in downtown Greer and will culminate with a Pitch Session before judges on November 12 at 4:00 p.m.

The Platform at Greer Bootcamp is a 2-day immersive program for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Classes are led by a team of coaches who work with participants to help their business take its next best step. This selective program is designed for committed business owners and entrepreneurs who are eager for growth and looking to accelerate.

Bootcamp Class IV cohort will focus on Information Technology (IT) companies. Class IV Cohort participants include:

BES Group. BES Group, also known as Blue Eyes Soft, Inc. was founded by Srikanth Kodeboyina in 2018. BES Group is a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) which provides custom software and data solutions with services including Cloud Integration, Business Intelligence and AI, Data Lake, Robotic Process Automation, Cybersecurity, Big Data Practices, and mobile solutions.

Falcodrin. Falcodrin, was started by Larry McKeithan in 2020, and provides rapid alerts for when items that are usually out of stock come back into stock. The  market right now is saturated with automated programs that purchase these items for resale at sometimes 2x MSRP. We help normal people pay reasonable prices.

Gates Technology. Gates Technology is an IT managed service provider founded by Mathew Hultquist in 2020. The corporate goal is to assist small businesses in forgetting about technology issues for both projects and daily operations.

Virtual Reload. Virtual Reload, which coaches esports and hosts tournaments, was started by Ronald Hamlin in 2018. Their goal is to be the talent pipeline connecting high school students with colleges and pro esport organizations.

Waite SLTS. Waite SLTS is a woman-owned Cybersecurity consulting and training business. Owner Shelly Waite-Bey founded the business in 2019.

Greer Development Corporation Executive Director, Reno Deaton, commented, “We are excited to see the growth of The Platform at Greer’s impact on the entrepreneurship community in Greer. Our vision of connecting big business with small businesses in the form of coaches and judges has seen immense success in the 18 months since our program’s beginning.”

The coaches for Class IV include: JoAnne Abed, BRIGHT+CO Marketers; Raymond Cotton, Michelin NA; Paul Ebel, BE Incorporated; Mark Hopper, Hopper Financial; Martin O’Connor, BlueInc Strategies; Martin Pierce, BlueInc Strategies; Byron Smith, BMW Manufacturing; and Vickie Johnson, Michelin NA.

The Bootcamp Pitch Judges are: Dale Barnard, Beck & Politzer; Patricia Calder, Carolinas Chapter Club Managers Association of America; Joanie Martin, Michelin NA; Prashant Prabhu, Clemson University; and Dan Russian, Sage Automotive.

The Platform at Greer’s entrepreneurship initiative encompasses four programs to provide support and growth opportunities to local businesses and entrepreneurs: IGNITE Greer, The Huddle, Business Summit, and The Business and Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp. To learn more visit our website

To apply for the next Platform at Greer Bootcamp, scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2022, visit


The Platform at Greer is an Entrepreneurship Program located in Greer, SC. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or your small business has reached critical mass, The Platform provides you a community of collaborators and resources to start your journey or maximize the path to your final destination.

The Greer Development Corporation’s (GDC) mission is to be a catalyst for sustainable economic growth to secure Greer’s future. GDC works to increase the wealth-creating opportunities in the community, while preserving the high quality of life in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing communities.