Venture Asheville enables high-growth startups to access funding and mentorship and connect to 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.

Startup funding

JOB OF THE WEEK

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Software Engineer

Software Engineer

The Software Engineer will be responsible for gathering requirements from both internal and external clients and planning, designing, and developing moderately complex web-based products.  This role requires client satisfaction and maintaining ACF Technology’s high...

FEATURED VENTURE

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Sweet Blossom Gifts

Sweet Blossom Gifts

Co-founder: Michael Porterfield
Site: Sweet Blossom Gifts
The Lowdown:  E-commerce site for handcrafted, personalized jewelry
Awesomeness: Attracted 416,000+ Facebook fans in just two years

TALENT SPOTLIGHT

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Tom Ryan, AVL’s Kauffman Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Tom Ryan, AVL’s Kauffman Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Serial entrepreneur, business adviser and mentor Tom Ryan has built six companies of his own and understands growing a startup business can be a daunting task. Particularly when trying to raise capital and expand into new markets. As one of only five...

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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Code for Asheville

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Asheville Makers

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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1 Million Cups of Coffee

April 29 @ 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