Venture Asheville Elevate

Our Elevate program enables startup entrepreneurs to simultaneously navigate the practical, day-to-day challenges of building great companies and develop their skills as effective managers, leaders and CEOs. Offering mentorship modeled on the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, Elevate is a service provided by Venture Asheville as part of our strategy to systematically strengthen and support high-growth ventures in the Asheville area.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Team Mentoring Sessions with highly skilled founders, C-level executives and functional experts – matching 3 to 4 mentors with each entrepreneur in a highly dynamic environment
  • Office Hours with Specialized Mentors including experts in HR, patents, finance, and branding

UNBIASED ADVICE IN A CONFIDENTIAL SETTING

Core to the the Elevate program is a Statement of Principles governing the standards and ethical guidelines that all mentors and entrepreneurs adhere to as a condition of participation. This ensures that entrepreneurs receive unbiased advice in a confidential setting whether in mentoring sessions or peer-to-peer group meetings. Our mentors listen, coach, and advise without scouting for investment opportunities, new clients, or a job.

BUILDING GREAT VENTURES AND GREAT LEADERS

Entrepreneurs accepted into Elevate learn how to perfect their products and services; identify, enter and grow new markets; build business organizations; seek funding; and become effective managers, leaders and CEOs.

COST AND PARTICIPATION

Elevate is free to participating entrepreneurs for their entire first year in the program. Entrepreneurs can continue to benefit from the program in subsequent years. To remain in good standing, entrepreneurs must maintain a 90% participation rate in all activities.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Elevate is a service provided by Venture Asheville. Our team: Josh Dorfman, Director of Venture Asheville, is Elevate’s Director (his bio). Claire Chender is Elevate’s Operations Manager (her bio).

MEET THE VENTURES IN ELEVATE 

Meet the 25 high-growth Asheville startups currently participating in the Elevate program.

ENTREPRENEURS

2018 APPLICATION IS OPEN.

Apply Today 

*Application period closes on 10/31/17

Elevate is available to entrepreneurs across all industries who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a scalable business model
  2. At least 1 full-time founder on the business
  3. Live or work in Asheville-Buncombe County
  4. Product is already launched and in market (might not have revenue but you have something to sell)

MENTORS

Mentors are selected for their combination of startup, corporate and national or global experience. To become a mentor, individuals must:

  • Pass a pre-screening evaluation
  • Interview with Elevate’s management
  • Complete a day-long mentor orientation grounded in the principles of MIT’s Venture Mentor Service

CONTACT US

To inquire about applying to Elevate or becoming a mentor, contact Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship, via email.

OUR MENTORS Our mentors are highly experienced volunteers with great depth and range of experience:
Jamie Ager

Jamie Ager

Owner, Hickory Nut Gap Meats

John Barnard

John Barnard

Investment Manager, Caeruleum

Chris Buehler

Chris Buehler

Wireless Technology, Manufacturing, & Operations Executive

Art Chwalek

Art Chwalek

Director of Consulting Services, Workday

Rebecca Crandall

Rebecca Crandall

Attorney, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A.

Jamie Gilpin

Jamie Gilpin

Owner of Outfitter Bicycle Tours

Aubrey Holland

Aubrey Holland

Developer, Ad Hoc

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Marketing and R&D Executive

Trevor Lohrbeer

Trevor Lohrbeer

Chief Data Scientist, Teikametrics

James McMahon

James McMahon

CEO, The Collider

Mitch Orland

Mitch Orland

CEO, GreenFire Advisers

Lori Samolyk

Lori Samolyk

Americas Lead/Emerging Capabilities, Microsoft

Evelyn Sheahan

Evelyn Sheahan

Director of Business Strategy, Microsoft

John Sotomayor

John Sotomayor

Principal, Patent Attorney, Sotomayor IP Consulting

Noel Swartz

Noel Swartz

Shareholder, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

Dominic Taverniti

Dominic Taverniti

Director of Software Engineering, SMARTRAC

Tim Walling

Tim Walling

Principal Software Engineer, Brightcove

Jonathon Yeatman

Jonathon Yeatman

Chief Strategy Officer, Mission Health

Robert Anoff

Robert Anoff

Operations Executive

Tom Boots

Tom Boots

Senior Consultant & Co-Founder, SunSpring Leadership

Rob Capozziello

Rob Capozziello

President, Interim CIO/CTO/VP IT, MRC Advisors

Liza Clechenko

Liza Clechenko

VP, VARY Energy & Environmental

Robert Eichner

Robert Eichner

Founder, One Fur All

Mark Goldstein

Mark Goldstein

Partner, B2B CFO

Eileen Hutchison

Eileen Hutchison

Marketing Coach and Strategist

Jeff Kristjansen

Program Director, Cloud Sales & Partner Program Design, IBM

Christopher Mailander

Christopher Mailander

Managing Director, Ironheart

Tim Montgomery

Tim Montgomery

Director, Redwood Valuation Partners

Drew Price

Drew Price

Head of Product Marketing, Grammarly

Sam Saunders

Sam Saunders

Venture Attorney, Walker Saunders

Claude Sheer

Claude Sheer

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Vizsafe

Rachael Sparks

Rachael Sparks

Technical Director, Xenex Disinfection Services

Mark Swedan

Mark Swedan

Investment Manager, Swedan Investment Manager

Jim Veilleux

Jim Veilleux

CEO, MobileAppCorp

Jeffrey Willmott

Jeffrey Willmott

Adjunct Professor of Business, Wingate University

Amy Ballard

Amy Ballard

Principal Engineer / Co-Founder, iSalus Solutions

Angela Brandt

Angela Brandt

Sr. Product Manager, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Edward Carroll

Edward Carroll

Director of Enterprise Sales South, Bitglass

Mike Connors

Mike Connors

Success Director, Sprinklr

John Forrester

John Forrester

Business Advisor & Strategist, Forrester & Associates

Jacob Haug

Jacob Haug

Director Software Development, Kimmel & Associates

Jonathan James

Jonathan James

CMO, CompuCom

Gay Lam

Gay Lam

Founder, Seltzer Goods

Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna

Senior Vice President, Speakeasy

Eric Oelschlaeger

Eric Oelschlaeger

President, Epsilon

Jeremy Purbrick

Jeremy Purbrick

Business Mentor

Jeff Schilling

Jeff Schilling

Senior Fellow, Q2ebanking

John Sicotte

John Sicotte

Global Management / Lead Director, Board Member

Jennifer Stanton

Jennifer Stanton

Retail Advisory Services

Randy Talley

Randy Talley

President and Co-Owner, Green Sage Cafe

Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker

Senior Sales Manager, HAVI Global Solutions

Jon Yarbrough

Jon Yarbrough

Managing Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete