Elevate is Growing!

Elevate is Growing!

Building a city’s startup culture is a team sport. It takes tenacious entrepreneurs, skilled talent, seasoned mentors, and risk-minded investors willing to put their capital on the line to advance early-stage ventures. So we’re thrilled to welcome 13 more...

And The Corporate Impact Award Goes To….ERC Broadband!

And The Corporate Impact Award Goes To….ERC Broadband!

ERC Broadband, the unsung hero of Western North Carolina, builds and manages the digital broadband infrastructure throughout our region. Why does The Collider have gig fiber? ERCB, yo! Why does Hatch have gig fiber? ERCB, yo! It was so entirely well-deserved when...

We’re Thankful For Our Rapidly Advancing Startup Community

We’re Thankful For Our Rapidly Advancing Startup Community

From to tech to chocolate to meat alternatives for meat lovers, Asheville’s startup community is rapidly accelerating. A few weeks ago, we celebrated the success of Hatch This, Asheville’s homegrown take on what a localized startup weekend can and should...

No Evil Foods Nabs a $50K NC IDEA Seed Grant

No Evil Foods Nabs a $50K NC IDEA Seed Grant

NC IDEA, a statewide private foundation supporting high-growth entrepreneurship, awarded No Evil Foods, Asheville’s local maker of ridonculously delish plant-based meats for vegetarians, flexitarians, and meaties, with a $50,000 seed grant. From a pool of 155...

Hatch This Succeeds Mightily

Hatch This Succeeds Mightily

A hearty Mazel Tov to the organizers and participants who made Hatch This this an extraordinary weekend-long startup event. Nine startup teams formed Friday evening, worked all-day Saturday and Sunday, and came ready to pitch their newly hatched ventures to a panel of...

FOX Announces New East Coast Bike Operations in Asheville

FOX Announces New East Coast Bike Operations in Asheville

Asheville is home to the largest cluster of outdoor industry companies east of the Mississippi. And our local scene is about to get an enormous boost. FOX, a renowned industry leader in the design and development of high-performance shock absorbers and racing...

Venture Asheville Garners Statewide Ecosystem Building Grant

Venture Asheville Garners Statewide Ecosystem Building Grant

Venture Asheville was recently awarded an NC Idea Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Grant to enrich and expand our Elevate mentor program for local entrepreneurs who are building high-growth ventures. Two years ago, we spent 3 intimidating, yet energizing days on MIT’s...

Capital Options Workshop 4/20/2017

Startup founders are in a constant race against time. Getting to market, attracting customers, growing revenue, and innovating ahead of the competition are integral to success. Often external funding is needed to build and grow the business, but entrepreneurs...

The Future of “Tech” in Our Region: UniteWNC 

The Future of “Tech” in Our Region: UniteWNC 

Getting seriously legit around Tech takes more than a derivative, knock-off moniker, e.g. “Silicon Slopes,” “Silicon Sledding Hill,” “Silicon Dormant Volcano” or, heaven forbid, “Silicon Mountain.” So we asked Tracy...

Cheryl Childers Talks Launching an Ad Agency for Steve Jobs

Cheryl Childers Talks Launching an Ad Agency for Steve Jobs

Cheryl Childers is a corporate shaman (see: Wisdom Arts Leadership), a mentor with the Elevate program, and the co-founder of TBWA\Media Arts Lab in LA. Which is all to say she’s a total rockstar. We asked Cheryl to share more about her time at Media Arts (aka...

Elevate Program Seeks 15 More High-Growth AVL Ventures

Elevate Program Seeks 15 More High-Growth AVL Ventures

Elevate, Venture Asheville’s entrepreneurship development program, is now accepting applications for its third cohort of 15 early-stage, high-growth startups. Elevate enables startup founders to rapidly navigate the daily challenges of building great...

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