Brenda Laakso

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    Furman Innovation team to provide interns to KOPIS see more

    Greenville software development company, Kopis, has partnered with Furman University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Bootcamp and NEXT to bring in summer interns to learn more about tech careers and to simulate the feel of a startup this summer 

    Furman University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Bootcamp is a three-week program designed to help non-business students learn business basics.  

    “Our partnership with NEXT has always been valuable,” said Matt Reeve, Furman internship coordinator. “They help connect our Summer Bootcamp students with opportunities that will help them grow their business skills.”  

    NEXT’s Vice President Brenda Laakso said one of the underlying foundations of NEXT is to help cultivate tech talent in the Greenville area.

    “Working with Furman interns and helping them become more comfortable in an entrepreneurial environment, and that the program with Kopis will definitely help enhance the students’ business skills,” she said. 

    Ian Martens and Mike Miller are the students taking part in the program. Martens is a rising junior majoring in Economics and Miller is a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science. Martens and Miller will be learning business and entrepreneurial essentials, and will also be working with the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) team, working virtually to develop automated tools that can be used to migrate data from simple accounting systems such as Quickbooks and Zero to Microsoft Dynamics BC (Business Central). They will also be trained and encouraged by Kopis’ Software Engineering team and will have a deep immersion into the real-world software development experience.   

    “We are thrilled to be taking part in Furman’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Bootcamp,” said Andy Kurtz, Kopis’ founder and a Furman alum. “We know they will enjoy the experience, learning about both new product development and software development, and the will exit with a much better understanding of how software development works.”