June 22, 2021

International best selling author of Contagious and marketing guru, Jonah Berger, to headline Columbia’s 2021 Growth Summit.

GrowCo is thrilled to announce Jonah Berger, a world-renowned expert on change, word of mouth, influence, consumer behavior, and how products, ideas, and behaviors catch on, will be headlining the 2021 Growth Summit.

Jonah joins an impressive list of world-class speakers who challenge the status quo and break the boundaries as leaders and innovators in South Carolina.


Jonah Berger is a well-known author and speaker among entrepreneurs and marketing professionals. His book, Contagious, is at the top of every best books on marketing list that’s come out in the last five years. It made #1 in the New York Times, #1 in the Wall Street Journal, and was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year.

Beyond his writing talents, Jonah is a dynamic speaker and innovator who’s sure to connect with the Growth Summit audience. He’s an emerging talent that’s a perfect fit for an emerging event, and landing him moves the needle forward for where we want the Summit to go.

I’d like to give a special thanks to Grace Outdoor, Cyberwoven, the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise, and Soda City Market for sponsoring this year’s keynote. Their belief in this event and its importance to Columbia’s entrepreneurial community is the reason we’re able to bring in a speaker of Jonah’s calibur.

      – Erin Curtis, Program Manager, GrowCo

About the Growth Summit

The Growth Summit is centered on growth at all stages of your business, whether you’re a solopreneur or part of a startup or high-impact, high-growth company, this event designed to reflect the spirit of the entrepreneur, celebrate the unconventional, and elevate your business how-to-IQ.

Early Bird tickets are now available through July 31st. Get your discounted ticket now by visiting www.growth-summit.org.

More About Jonah Berger

Dr. Berger is a world-renowned expert on change, word of mouth, influence, consumer behavior, and how products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. He has published over 50 articles in top‐tier academic journals, teaches Wharton’s highest rated online course, and popular outlets like The New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work. He’s keynoted hundred of events, and often consults for organizations like Google, Apple, Nike, and the Gates Foundation.

Learn more here → https://jonahberger.com/

Growth Summit History & Hosts

Created by Matt Vaadi, Founder and CEO of ERG Payroll & HR, the Growth Summit started in 2015 as a small group of folks trying to learn more about how to create a great company. Through the years, the event has grown in size and scope with the goal of becoming Columbia’s flagship event for entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2020, the event was handed over to GrowCo to lead.

Of, by, and for founders, GrowCo is a collaborative partnership focused on sparking an explosion of entrepreneurial activity in Columbia, SC. GrowCo provides the community, mentorship, visibility, access to talent, and access to capital that high-impact, high-growth companies need to thrive and change the world. Our vision is simple: 10X the number of Inc 5000 companies by 2030.

Learn more at grow-co.org