Alum’s Brickyard is creating a community of resources for start-ups
Harold Hughes is building a community of support for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Upstate through his latest start-up, Brickyard.
The Clemson University economics undergraduate ’08 and MBA ’14 wants entrepreneurs in the Greenville area to have a workspace that provides a full suite of resources, something he feels many start-ups are in need of today.
“Brickyard will become a community of knowledge and resources that will provide all the tools necessary for a start-up to succeed,” Hughes said. “Operational space is just one part of the equation. Brickyard will aggregate mentoring, educational programs and resources for a start-up to find human and financial capital, among other things.”
Located in the Next Manufacturing Center, 400 Birnie St., Greenville, Brickyard will offer entrepreneurs a holistic toolbox of resources all within a community of like minds, according to Hughes.
“Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been there and know what is needed to successfully launch and sustain a start-up,” Hughes said. “Brickyard is more than a workspace. We’re creating a knowledge base right here in Greenville, so entrepreneurs don’t have to travel the country like I did to find resources and answers.”
In 2014, Hughes launched Bandwagon, an analytics company that helps sports teams and event organizers identify who’s attending an event. By knowing who attendees are, teams and organizers can enhance engagement with them, offer personalized services and improve public safety.
“When Bandwagon was launched, I had 10 years of corporate experience, and an MBA, but felt I still needed a broader knowledge base, so I drove and flew around the country to learn more through accelerator and start-up educational programs,” Hughes said. “Greenville is an emerging hotbed for entrepreneurial growth. There’s a need here now for the resources Brickyard will bring to companies early in their development.”
Brickyard has received financial support and endorsements from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Clemson University and Wells Fargo. In addition to Bandwagon, two other start-ups have become early adopters of the nearly 3,400 square feet of co-working space.
Membership rates for the space range from $15 for a day pass to $299 a month for dedicated workspace, with reduced rates for floating space, night and weekend-only use and students. Brickyard’s space includes a community room, which the start-up plans to make available for the neighborhood’s use in addition to providing education and programming for its residents.
In addition to the collaborative workspace, which includes a conference room, small team spaces and offices, Hughes said he and Sydney Cooke, Brickyard’s Executive Director, are in the process of building a comprehensive knowledge and resource pool that will be invaluable to Brickyard’s clients.
“Already, we nearly have a 100-member mentoring database with skills in a variety of start-up disciplines,” Hughes added. “These mentors and other subject matter experts will have the experience and know-how in areas ranging from payroll and personnel to finding financial capital and marketing strategies.”
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