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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Account Manager

Account Manager

Reports To: CEO SUMMARY Navitome is looking for an exceptional, self-directed person to join our fast-moving Software-as-a-Service company. The Account Manager will be responsible for sourcing, qualifying, and closing new business opportunities with SMEs, mid-market...

FEATURED VENTURE

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Freer Logic

Freer Logic

Co-Founder: Peter Freer
Site: Freer Logic
The Lowdown: Integrates brainwave-monitoring into electronic devices
Awesomeness: Created a steering wheel for Panasonic to detect driver distraction

TALENT SPOTLIGHT

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Laura McCann Ramsey

Laura McCann Ramsey

A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Laura McCann Ramsey’s early career was in fashion design. She went on to found multiple startups in fashion and technology including Fashion Express Worldwide, a global product development and sourcing agency whose clients...

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 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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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