Need an expert to discuss entrepreneurial ecosystems and how to grow or launch one in your community? Stanfield hatched the idea for DIG SOUTH in 2011 at a time when most doubted a globally viable knowledge economy in the region. Today, everyone is a believer. Even the apex players – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, AOL founder Steve Case and Apple CEO Tim Cook – are betting big on the South. Keynote, roundtable discussion or private consultation, let's talk it up today.
STARTUP ASSETS ANALYSIS
Anyone can discuss what they’ve read and learned about startup communities in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York. We will share what it takes to build a thriving entrepreneurial community in the South – from the ground up. With more than 7 years of experience building DIG SOUTH in Charleston, connecting to ecosystems across the region, and developing strategic relationships with leading global brands like Oracle, IBM, Facebook and Google, we crafted the playbook on startup ecosystem success.
See my family pictured here? They are my super power, my chief motivation. We work with companies and communities like yours to build powerful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the South so that our kids will not have to leave the region to find the world's best opportunities. Our team has the insights and skills to help you develop your entrepreneurial ecosystem today. Collaborate with us to craft a unique playbook that will shape and grow your startup initiatives for decades.
GRAY IN THE NEWS
Word on the Street
Time magazine featured Gray this month in "The South Issue" as one of "31 People Changing the South."
For the 2nd year in a row, Charleston Business magazine named Gray one of the "50 Most Influential," making the cover
South Carolina Honors College AHA! magazine selected Gray for the 2017 alumni cover story.
SC HONORS COLLEGE
This is one of the only conferences in my life that I’ve been to more than once. And I believe that there is an enormous opportunity for some of the biggest brands in the world, biggest companies in the world.
Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO, Vaynermedia
National speaker and champion of startup ecosystems in the American South.
Stanfield Gray is the founder and CEO of DIG SOUTH Tech Conference and DIG SOUTH Media. A Liberty Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Gray was recently named one of Time magazine’s “31 People Changing the South." A featured speaker at the Collision Conference Global Ecosystem Summit in New Orleans, the Southern C Summit, and numerous engagements in the South, Gray is a graduate of University of South Carolina Honors College and University of Mississippi Southern Studies MA Program.
Time magazine’s “31 People Changing the South.”
"Charleston’s 50 Most Influential," Charleston Business magazine
Charlie Magazine’s “50 Most Progressive”
"Rock Star” award finalist, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
South Carolina Honors College AHA! magazine cover story