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.

Startup funding

JOB OF THE WEEK

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Web Developer, The Cheat Sheet

Web Developer, The Cheat Sheet

Love Technology and Code? We’re looking for you! The Cheat Sheet, a Quantcast Top 125 website, is looking for a full-time Web Developer to join our team! Busy news consumers in our increasingly mobile world come to The Cheat Sheet for its succinct, value-added...

FEATURED VENTURE

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Theraworx

Theraworx

Founder: Steve Woody
Site: Theraworx
The Lowdown: Skin hygiene product designed to fight infection
Awesomeness: Products used in West Africa to combat the Ebola epidemic

TALENT SPOTLIGHT

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David Lilly, Entrepreneurship Consultant

David Lilly, Entrepreneurship Consultant

David Lilly began work in technology early in life, selling home personal computers to military personnel while still in high school. Naturally, the leap from there to co-founding AutoTrader.com included many steps. David has worked in technology, e-commerce, energy...

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

Once a month the startup community gathers at a rotating brewery around town to hear 1-minute business pitches from up to 10 local entrepreneurs.

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

First prize earns $50 plus a free pitcher of beer. Runners-up win free pitchers of beer too! Come join in the fun. Get more details.

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Code for Asheville

January 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Asheville Makers

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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1 Million Cups of Coffee

January 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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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