Applications now open to local founders aiming to scale startups quickly
WHAT WE DO
Venture Asheville grows Asheville’s startup community and connects high-growth entrepreneurs to talent, mentors and investors through unique programming and events. We measure progress in terms of high-growth ventures created, seed and venture capital invested and high salary jobs generated. We’re excited about Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We think you will be too.
Asheville Angels, Venture Asheville’s angel investor network, is composed of 40 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 ten startups: Plum Print, Brightfield Transportation Solutions, Baebies, RivalHealth, ActivED, PharmRight, Atlas Organics, Emrgy, Sensory Analytics and Target PharmaSolutions.
Our Elevate program enables startup founders to navigate the practical, day-to-day challenges of scaling their ventures while developing their skills as effective managers, CEOs and leaders. It also positions and prepares them to raise early rounds of capital.
Ventures selected into Elevate benefit from two-world class services: Team Mentoring modeled on MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service and Peer-to-Peer Advising delivered through our partnership with Vistage International.
“Good mentors find your blind spots for you. Our mentors in Elevate do that for us.”
— Paul Hedgecock, Founder & CEO of UGoTour
In times past, Asheville has had a BYOJ (Bring Your Own Job) reputation. That outdated concept no longer applies to our startup city. Whether you’re a biz dev manager, an Internet of Things engineer, a front end programmer, a research analyst, or a digital marketing manager with growth hacker chops, you’ll find that companies in Asheville are increasingly looking for your skill sets.
The Venture Asheville Job Board is a great way to begin your search. While you’re there, sign up for updates to hear about new jobs in Asheville as soon as they’re posted.
WEEKLY EVENT SERIES: One Million Cups of Coffee
On Wednesday mornings Asheville’s startup community gathers downtown for One 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 AVL’s growing startup scene. Venture Asheville is a founding sponsor of 1MC, which is free and open to the public. Plus, there’s free coffee. Get details.
MONTHLY EVENT SERIES: Startup Grind
Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Grind features fireside chats with successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors sharing lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Launched in 2016, the event series occurs on the 4th Tuesday each month from 6-8pm at Twisted Laurel downtown (130 College St). Get details.
Join our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on Asheville’s startup community. Whether it’s companies that are hiring, startups receiving funding, events bringing the startup community together, or status updates on major initiatives like gig fiber for our city or climate tech at The Collider, Venture Asheville’s newsletter connects you to emerging developments that are propelling our startup community forward.
While Venture Asheville supports and specifically cultivates high-growth ventures headquartered in Asheville pursuing national and global markets, we also strive to ensure that local small business and lifestyle entrepreneurs can quickly find and access other local support resources that can increase their opportunities for success. Our startup resources map is a great way to get started.
See our Startup Resources section for even more ways to get connected.