Venture Asheville connects high-growth ventures to funding and mentors and a highly energized, local startup community.
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.
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. Learn more.
“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
Each month the startup community gathers at a rotating craft brewery around town to hear 1-minute business pitches from up to 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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