Our mission is to grow AVL's startup community and connect entrepreneurs to funding, mentors and talent.
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.
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. Learn more.
“1MC creates a much needed space for Asheville’s startup scene to link up.”
– Jean-Paul Lausell, CEO, Groupdini
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