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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.

Apr 8, 2022

In this conversation with Dionne Sandiford, a member of the first class of the GVL Starts program shares her story of creating Cozy Covers. In this conversation, we discuss how GVL starts helped propel her to the next level as well as some serendipitous events that took place that enabled her to launch her company...


Mar 17, 2022

In this episode of the Class E Podcast, founder and CEO of Hill Entertainment Group, Greg Hill ’91, discusses breaking into the music industry, enduring principles of entrepreneurship, and the importance of giving back. Hill shares how his experiences as a pilot and musician have taught him to maximize opportunity and...


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...


Jan 27, 2022

Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and Meghan Markle are only some of the celebrities Sali Christeson has dressed in her power suits! In a live event taping on Furman University campus, Argent founder Sali Christeson '07 shares how she built her 4 million dollar company, Argent, how the company is growing despite COVID,...