STARTUP RESOURCES & BUSINESS RESOURCES

Venture Asheville provides startup resources, business resources and education to support local entrepreneurs and high-growth ventures. By “high-growth,” we refer to ventures that generally satisfy three conditions:

  1. Create scalable products and services capable of rapidly growing top-line revenue
  2. Pursue national or global markets (markets beyond Asheville)
  3. Fund growth through equity financing

STARTUP RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The startup resources for entrepreneurs listed below are geared toward Asheville’s high-growth ventures. They may also be useful to local small businesses and lifestyle entrepreneurs.

For an additional list of small business resources for entrepreneurs, see the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s small business resources toolbox.

STARTUP RESOURCES MAP

To quickly find the right startup resources for your venture or small business, download the Asheville Startup Resources map

Startup Resources: What events take place to tap into the local startup scene?

Meet The Geeks

Site: Meet the Geeks
Meet The Geeks hosts bi-monthly get together’s on the last Wednesday of the month with a goal to build a network of professionals across all the IT sectors…Read More

Startup Resources: Can I get help with a business plan, coaching or advice?

Birds Eye

Site: Birds Eye
Offers classes for aspiring and existing Entrepreneurs. Get peer support and build a concrete business plan while gaining an aerial view of your operations, financials, and marketing strategies…Read More

Startup Resources: Can I get help with R&D, prototyping & product commercialization?

The Collider

Site: The Collider
The Collider is a one-of-a-kind, world-class coworking, education and meeting space for entrepreneurs and tech companies focused on innovating products, services, and solutions for environmental and climate change adaptation and resilience. Read More

Startup Resources: Are co-working spaces available for entrepreneurs?

Mojo Coworking

Site: Mojo Coworking
Mojo Coworking is a downtown Asheville coworking location that provides a variety of startup resources for entrepreneurs. Members sign up for use of desks, offices…Read More

The Collider

Site: The Collider
The Collider is a one-of-a-kind, world-class coworking, education and meeting space for entrepreneurs and tech companies focused on innovating products, services, and solutions for environmental and climate change adaptation and resilience. Read More

Startup Resources: Are there business accelerators and incubators?

Elevate

Site: Elevate
Venture Asheville’s entrepreneurship development program, Elevate is designed to help high-growth, early-stage ventures scale more rapidly. It provides team mentorship Read More

ScaleUp WNC

Site: ScaleUp WNC
Led by Mountain BizWorks, ScaleUp WNC offers mentorship, management training, growth capital connections and other valuable startup resources for entrepreneurs… Read More

Startup Resources: How do I access local angel investment?

Asheville Angels

Site: Asheville Angels
Asheville Angels is a member-based angel investor network that finds and funds startups and early-stage companies in Asheville and across the Southeast. The group was formed in October 2014…Read More

Startup Resources: Can I apply for small business grants?

North Carolina Idea

Site: NC IDEA
NC IDEA provides grants for up to $50,000 to North Carolina-based, high-tech startups that need help crossing the chasm between initial product development…Read More

Startup Resources: Should my startup consider applying for a loan?

Early-stage startups may also qualify for loans depending upon their circumstance or industry.

Mountain BizWorks

Site: Mountain BizWorks
Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $150,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who are unable to secure funding from banks and other…Read More

Startup Resources: Where do I find local tech talent?

UNCA: New Media Dept.

Site: UNCA:NM
UNC Asheville’s New Media Department is a program in 2D and 3D animation, interactive art and design, web development, video art; and creative applications in internet…Read More

Startup Resources: Are there tech networks for programmers and other technical professionals?

WNCdotNET

Site: WNCdotNET
WNCdotNET is an independent, all volunteer organization, dedicated to promoting Microsoft .NET technology and education to the software developer community… Read More

Asheville Makers

Site: AVL Makers
Asheville Makers: Forming a makerspace in the Asheville area. A friendly community of tinkerers, makers, engineers, educators, scientists, artists, hackers, geeks, etc… Read More

Meet The Geeks

Site: Meet the Geeks
Meet The Geeks hosts bi-monthly get together’s on the last Wednesday of the month with a goal to build a network of professionals across all the IT sectors…Read More

Startup Resources: Can I enroll in a program or take courses in entrepreneurship?