The 20-year saga of how a small tech firm led by a former accountant grew to become one of the largest software developers in the state was honored Tuesday night at the CommunityWorks Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.
Kopis and its founder, Andrew Kurtz, were honored with the Entrepreneurial Success Award, which recognizes the power of small business to use innovation to create jobs and expand their business model. The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards is a chance for CommunityWorks and the Greenville Chamber to recognize and celebrate all the entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses, that make our region unique and vibrant.
A Furman University graduate, Kurtz opened the first office of what was then known as Proactive Technology in a second-floor in the Plaza Bergamo downtown. The company has grown from there, but like all entrepreneurs Kurtz learned that economic fluctuations. There were down times and scrambles along with the success.
In 2015, Kurtz promoted Kevin Wentzel to Chief Operating Officer and Adam Drewes to Chief Marketing Officer with the goals of creating a plan on longevity for the firm, which would allow Kurtz the freedom to manage his own schedule and jump in as needed from a higher-level. In 2015, the company rebranded as Kopis.
Kurtz then began a series of acquisitions, starting with ACUMEN IT’s Enterprise Resource Planner (ERP) Division and ended with NWN’s SmartGov Division in early 2018. These two acquisitions alone doubled the company’s size and value.
“This has been an amazing journey over the past 20 years,” Kurtz said. “We have accomplished a lot of great things as a team and I expect many more years of success.”
Kopis is a Greenville, S.C.-based technology firm focused on providing high impact software and cloud solutions to businesses and state agencies in the Southeast. With a growing team of over 40 employees, Kopis is one of the fastest growing software companies in South Carolina. To learn more visit, www.kopisusa.com.