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

ENTREPRENEURS

APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.

Submit your venture’s info to be notified of the next Elevate application period.

15 entrepreneurs will be accepted into the program’s third cohort to begin in January 2017.

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. Prefer startups already in market but will consider earlier stage

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 Claire Chender, Operations Manager, via email or phone, 828-258-6115.

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

Amy Ballard

Principal Engineer / Co-Founder, iSalus Solutions

Rob Capozziello

Rob Capozziello

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

Mike Connors

Mike Connors

Success Director, Sprinklr

Aubrey Holland

Aubrey Holland

Developer, Ad Hoc

Jonathan James

Jonathan James

CMO, CompuCom

Trevor Lohrbeer

Trevor Lohrbeer

Chief Data Scientist, Teikametrics

Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna

Senior Vice President, Speakeasy

Mitch Orland

Mitch Orland

CEO, GreenFire Advisers

Lori Samolyk

Lori Samolyk

Americas Lead/Emerging Capabilities, Microsoft

John Sotomayor

John Sotomayor

Principal, Patent Attorney, Sotomayor IP Consulting

Mark Swedan

Mark Swedan

Investment Manager, Swedan Investment Manager

Jim Veilleux

Jim Veilleux

CEO, MobileAppCorp

Jonathon Yeatman

Jonathon Yeatman

Chief Strategy Officer, Mission Health

Tom Boots

Tom Boots

Senior Consultant & Co-Founder, SunSpring Leadership

Owen Williams

Owen Williams

Chief Technical Officer, Padopolis

Eric Oelschlaeger

Eric Oelschlaeger

President, Epsilon

Claude Sheer

Claude Sheer

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Vizsafe

Brad Biltz

Brad Biltz

Product Manager, Bandwidth.com

Edward Carroll

Edward Carroll

Director of Enterprise Sales South, Bitglass

Robert Eichner

Robert Eichner

Founder, One Fur All

Jacob Haug

Jacob Haug

Director Software Development, Kimmel & Associates

Chuck Hutchison

Chuck Hutchison

Co-Founder, Groupdini

Jean-Paul Lausell

Jean-Paul Lausell

Principal, Blue Wing Business Strategies

Christopher Mailander

Christopher Mailander

Managing Director, Ironheart

James McMahon

James McMahon

CEO, The Collider

Sam Saunders

Sam Saunders

Venture Attorney, Walker Saunders

John Sicotte

John Sicotte

Global Management / Lead Director, Board Member

Rachael Sparks

Rachael Sparks

Technical Director, Xenex Disinfection Services

Randy Talley

Randy Talley

President and Co-Owner, Green Sage Cafe

Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker

Senior Sales Manager, HAVI Global Solutions

Dominic Taverniti

Dominic Taverniti

Director of Software Engineering, SMARTRAC

Mark Goldstein

Mark Goldstein

Partner, B2B CFO

Gay Lam

Gay Lam

Founder, Seltzer Goods

Art Chwalek

Art Chwalek

Director of Consulting Services, Workday

Jeff Kristjansen

Program Director, Cloud Sales & Partner Program Design, IBM

Angela Brandt

Angela Brandt

Sr. Product Manager, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Liza Clechenko

Liza Clechenko

VP, VARY Energy & Environmental

Rebecca Crandall

Rebecca Crandall

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

Ted Hekman

Ted Hekman

Partner & Technical Recruiter, Neohire South

Philip Holan

Philip Holan

CEO, Payment Collect

Tim Montgomery

Tim Montgomery

Director, Redwood Valuation Partners

Evelyn Sheahan

Evelyn Sheahan

Director of Business Strategy, Microsoft

Jeremiah Smith

Jeremiah Smith

Senior Executive, InAuth

Noel Swartz

Noel Swartz

Shareholder, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

Jeffrey Willmott

Jeffrey Willmott

Adjunct Professor of Business, Wingate University

Jamie Ager

Jamie Ager

Owner, Hickory Nut Gap Meats

John Barnard

John Barnard

Investment Manager, Caeruleum

Cheryl Childers

Cheryl Childers

Owner, Wisdom Arts Leadership

Eileen Hutchison

Eileen Hutchison

Marketing Coach and Strategist

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Marketing and R&D Executive

Jeff Schilling

Jeff Schilling

Senior Fellow, Q2ebanking

Jon Yarbrough

Jon Yarbrough

Managing Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete

John Forrester

John Forrester

Business Advisor & Strategist, Forrester & Associates