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Class E Podcast

The Class–E Podcast hosts conversations with leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and sheds light on all the amazing accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni in the Furman University Family.

We strive to help innovative thinkers share their stories, their expertise, and experience in hopes of creating an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our mission is to educate and inspire our listeners to engage in innovative thinking, connect with Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship and launch their own ventures.

Feb 24, 2022

In his Episode of the Class E Podcast, guest Tom Swain shares how he grew his company, Findley, and how he decided it was time to sell. He explains the process and how the merger was a step into "Intentional Entrepreneurship" for both companies.

Guest: Tom Swain

Host: Mary Sturgill

Producer: Emma Kerr '22

Feb 17, 2022

In this episode, we talk with Eric Cooperman of Bottle Titan. Eric was a member of the first GVL Starts cohort and as the winner of the pitch competition, won $5,000 and office space for a year. He is well on his way to launching Bottle Titan and in this conversation, he shares his journey and what he's learned...

Feb 10, 2022

Tech entrepreneur Ford Blakely ‘97 turned his natural ability to problem-solve into a $42 million venture. In this episode of the Class E Podcast, Blakely sits down with host Mary Sturgill and a live audience to discuss his company, Zingle, a hospitality-focused business software company. Blakely talks about...

Feb 3, 2022

In this episode of our Everyday Entrepreneur segment in the Class E Podcast, we talk with Joey Loman, the founder of Synergy Mill.  Synergy Mill is a maker space in Greenville, SC that not only welcomes all crafters and hobbyists but is creating space for Innovators as an idea Incubator.  Joey shares his story in this...