John Yates to Moderate NEXT Venture Summit VC Panel

Atlanta/Greenville, S.C.  – John Yates, who heads Morris, Manning & Martin’s Technology Group, will moderate a panel for aspiring Carolina entrepreneurs this fall. On Sept. 22, Yates will lead the discussion on venture capital at the NEXT Venture Summit in Greenville. The Summit attracts high-growth entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and world-class speakers to establish Greenville as a Southeast hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The panel Yates will moderate is “Venture Capital in 2022: A Panel Discussion on Recent Trends and Tips from Top VCs in the Region.” It’s part of the Summit’s Morning Entrepreneur Leadership Series, which organizers packed with actionable content geared towards growing and scaling companies.

“Greenville – and the Carolinas as a whole – have extremely talented technology entrepreneurs, and I am really looking forward to helping share useful insights from venture capitalists who can supply much-needed funding to this eager group,” Yates said.

“We are indebted to John’s personal support for NEXT Venture Summit through the years,” said Alex Estevez, Chair of NEXT Venture Summit and Venture Partner with Accel.  “There is no comparison to John’s commitment and good counsel to Carolina-based entrepreneurs over the past several decades, and we are so pleased to have him lead this venture panel again this year.”

In the afternoon, select startups will participate in an onstage Q&A with a panel of VC judges. One entrepreneur will receive an automatic opportunity to present at the onstage showcase at Venture Atlanta, ( the region’s largest venture conference, at The Woodruff Arts Center and Atlanta Symphony Hall in October.

A pioneer in technology law, Yates has practiced exclusively in this area since 1981. Under his leadership, MMM’s Tech practice has represented more than 1,000 tech companies. It offers comprehensive legal and corporate services to start-ups, growing tech companies and investors. He has given more than 250 speeches on technology and corporate law both in the U.S. and internationally.

The NEXT Venture Summit is hosted by NEXT, a non-profit entrepreneur support organization. The event recognizes and celebrates the top 10 high growth startups in the Carolinas. It attracts more than two dozen venture capital investors from across the country who represent more than a billion dollars in funding. The event is designed for companies headquartered in the Carolinas with a disruptive approach to their industry sector or an ownable tech process. Ideally the companies are scalable, full-time endeavors and attracted investments ranging from seed funding to Series B.

Applications to participate in the Q&A with investors are open through August 19th. Visit for more information and to order tickets. The Summit will be held at Greenville ONE Center, 2 West Washington Street in Greenville, SC 29601.

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP ( is an Am Law 200 law firm with national and international reach. We combine market-leading legal expertise with value-added services to maximize the growth and valuation of our clients. MMM enjoys national prominence for its technology, corporate, litigation, healthcare, intellectual property, real estate, capital markets, environmental, international trade, and insurance practices. MMM has offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah and Washington, D.C.

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