Hatching an Ecosystem: Inside AVL’s New Tech Hub

Hatching an Ecosystem: Inside AVL’s New Tech Hub

Asheville’s startup community just got a massive visibility boost with the recent opening of Hatch, a new office space for local tech ventures at 45 S. French Broad Ave. It’s not only the headquarters for several of AVL’s high-growth tech companies...

BANGS Shoes Builds a $1 Million Brand Exclusively Online

BANGS Shoes Builds a $1 Million Brand Exclusively Online

It’s enough of a challenge to get customers to like your product. But they may not open their wallet to your company unless they identify with your brand. BANGS, an online shoe company with $1 million in sales (which does no advertising or wholesale) was...

5 Asheville Ventures You Should Be Following on Social Media

5 Asheville Ventures You Should Be Following on Social Media

Here’s a short list of local ventures with strong followings on social media. Take some lessons from these pros on how to connect with your fans and customers online. 1) Crazy Russian Hacker – 8 million followers on YouTube: How do you make a viral video? Get...

2016: T+L’s Best Cities in the U.S.

2016: T+L’s Best Cities in the U.S.

As our startup community strives to be as synonymous with Asheville as our craft beer, the arts, and scenic beauty, the spotlight on our town grows brighter. Who will be the next serial entrepreneur to join our burgeoning startup scene after reading about AVL on...

Elevate Entrepreneurship Program Expands with 15 More Startups

Elevate Entrepreneurship Program Expands with 15 More Startups

Venture Asheville Elevate, which launched in January with 10 startups, is adding 15 new ventures to its entrepreneurship program this July. Combining team mentorship modeled on MIT’s world-class mentor program and peer-to-peer advising delivered in partnership with...

Asheville, One of World’s 3 Best Cities for Millennials

Asheville, One of World’s 3 Best Cities for Millennials

Attracting talent is critical to building a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem. In turn, our millennial population is growing nearly 5X faster than baby boomers and gen X’ers. That’s a fact recognized by the Matador Network, which cites our craft...

Startup Grind AVL Hosts Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist 5/24

Startup Grind AVL Hosts Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist 5/24

Startup Grind’s fireside chat is with special guest Alex Estevez, who advises portfolio companies and  identifies investment opportunities in tech companies across the eastern U.S. for Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners. Accel is a global leader in venture...

Cab Hound Brings Taxi Companies into 21st Century

Cab Hound Brings Taxi Companies into 21st Century

George Wheeler isn’t the only business traveler who’s faced frustrations with taxis in big cities, but he was one of early ones trying to fix the system with tech solutions nearly a decade ago. Today in the age of Uber, cab companies must adapt or die, and...

WNC Mag Highlights App to Tour NC’s Scenic Byways

WNC Mag Highlights App to Tour NC’s Scenic Byways

When UGoTour landed a contract with the NCDOT to provide mobile multimedia tours of some of the state’s 54 official Scenic Byways, that was a huge milestone. WNC Magazine previews a few of the scenic tours offered for free by UGoTour, a participant in Venture...

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