Venture Asheville grows AVL's startup community and connects entrepreneurs to talent, mentors & funding.

Startup funding


Access to startup funding, angel investors and venture capital is key to energizing Asheville, NC’s startup community. Early-stage funding helps ventures rapidly scale to tap national and global markets.

Asheville Angels, Venture Asheville’s angel investor network, is composed of 50 investors who meet monthly to evaluate investment opportunities in innovative startups in Asheville and across the Southeast. Learn more about funding your startup through Asheville Angels.


Asheville is forging a highly energized startup community. A top draw for top talent, AVL is where teams are forming, startups are getting funded, and culturally transformative ventures are coming to market.

Utilize our startup resources map to get started. See our Startup Resources section for even more ways to plug in.



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, CEO, Groupdini

Upcoming Events

Wed 07

1 Million Cups of Coffee

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wed 07

1 Million Cups Presenter Training

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed 14

1 Million Cups of Coffee

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Thu 15

Asheville Angels Full Group Meeting

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 21

1 Million Cups of Coffee

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


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Senior .NET Developer

Senior .NET Developer

Anthroware is looking for a senior level .NET developer that is excited to work with an agile team on multiple, fun projects. We are looking for developers who love a challenge, and are excited to work with the best of the best. Development at Anthroware is fast-paced and exciting. The candidate should be comfortable working alone or with a small team. This position requires mastery of the .NET stack.


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BeesWax Websites

BeesWax Websites

Co-founders: Annika Schauer, Raina Lee Scott, Christopher Craig
Site: BeesWax Websites
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