STARTUP & EARLY-STAGE FUNDING

Access to startup funding, angel investors and venture capital is essential to energizing a startup community and high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem in Asheville, NC. Early-stage funding allows ventures to scale rapidly and expand beyond Asheville into national and global markets.

Learn more about angel investors and startup funding through Asheville Angels, Venture Asheville’s member-based angel investor network.

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JOB OF THE WEEK

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Front End / UI Engineer

RISC Networks is looking to add to its development team. This position would preferably be based in Asheville, NC, however we will consider excellent remote applicants. Our development team is small, so the applicant must have solid communications skills. We provide...

FEATURED VENTURE

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Outrider USA

Outrider USA

Founders: Daniel Rhyne, Tom Ausherman, Jesse Lee
Site: Outrider USA
The Lowdown: Advanced electric-powered trikes for cruising
Awesomeness: World’s first electric trike for quadriplegics through Kickstarter

TALENT SPOTLIGHT

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Rob Capoziello, IT Czar

Rob Capoziello, IT Czar

As CIO and VP of Information Technology for startups and high-growth businesses in the health technology industry, Rob Capozziello has built his career as a transformational leader tackling product development, performance and scalability. Rob has built and managed...

WEEKLY EVENT: 1 MILLION CUPS

Every Wednesday morning Asheville’s startup community gathers downtown for 1 Million Cups of Coffee (1MC). Each week 1 to 2 startup founders pitch their business to an audience of like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, and supporters of Asheville’s growing startup scene. 1MC is free and open to the public. Plus, there’s free coffee.
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“1MC creates a much needed space for Asheville’s startup scene to link up.”
– Jean-Paul Lausell, Founder, Lausell Ventures

MONTHLY EVENT: PITCH FOR PITCHERS

Once a month the startup community gathers at a rotating craft brewery around town to hear 1-minute business pitches from 7 local entrepreneurs.

Fun, fast-paced, and interactive, the business pitches address 3 basic questions:  1) What’s the problem / need? 2) How does your product or service solve it? 3) Who is the customer?

First prize earns $50 plus a free pitcher of beer. The next 3 runner-ups win free pitchers of beer too! Come join in the fun. Get more details.

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Asheville Makers

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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OUR MISSION

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Catalyze Asheville’s high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem
Create and connect trusted networks of entrepreneurs, investors & mentors

Educate and provide resources to support high-growth entrepreneurship

Bring visibility to Asheville’s unique startups and talent and share those stories