Asheville's Underground Startup Scene Emerges

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Asheville's High-Flying Startups

Meet 15 high-growth ventures that put Asheville’s startup scene on the map in 2015

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Introducing Venture Asheville Elevate

Venture Asheville launches entrepreneurship program designed to help founders of high-growth startups

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


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

Formed in October 2014, Asheville Angels to date has funded six startups: Plum Print, Baebies, RivalHealth, ActivED, PharmRight and Atlas Organics.


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.


WEEKLY EVENT SERIES: 1 Million Cups of Coffee

On Wednesday mornings Asheville’s startup community gathers downtown for 1 Million Cups of Coffee (1MC). Each week 1 to 2 startup founders present 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



Powered by Google for EntrepreneursStartup Grind is structured like an intimate fireside chat with successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors sharing lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Launching in January, the event series occurs on the 4th Tuesday each month from 6-9pm at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (67 Broadway). Get details on Startup Grind.


Upcoming Events

Wed 10

1 Million Cups of Coffee

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wed 17

1 Million Cups of Coffee

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Thu 18

Asheville Angels Full Group Meeting

February 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 23

Startup Grind Asheville

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 24

1 Million Cups of Coffee

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


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Software Engineer – PHP

Software Engineer – PHP

DoctorDirectory, a property of NYC-based Everyday Health, is an Asheville start-up that, a decade later, is hitting a high-growth phase after being acquired by Everyday Health. We’re seeking a Software Engineer – PHP with a passion for software development, solutions architecture and application performance to join the technology team in Asheville, NC.


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