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.
- 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.
MEET THE VENTURES IN ELEVATE
Meet the 25 high-growth Asheville startups currently participating in the Elevate program.
APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
Submit your venture’s info to be notified of the next Elevate application period.
Elevate is available to entrepreneurs across all industries who meet the following criteria:
- Have a scalable business model
- At least 1 full-time founder on the business
- Live or work in Asheville-Buncombe County
- Prefer startups already in market but will consider earlier stage
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
To inquire about applying to Elevate or becoming a mentor, contact Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship, via email.
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