From to tech to chocolate to meat alternatives for meat lovers, Asheville’s startup community is rapidly accelerating. A few weeks ago, we celebrated the success of Hatch This, Asheville’s homegrown take on what a localized startup weekend can and should be.

The week prior, we at Venture Asheville ran Asheville’s first-ever Demo Day for high-growth startups and packed The Collider’s theatre with 100 locally-based angel investors excited about opportunities to fund local startups (image above). They heard pitches from the 14 startups in our Elevate entrepreneurship program. 12 more startups will enter Elevate this January – look for that announcement next week.

With the Mo Summit and ClimateCon coming this winter, the momentum will only grow.

Read about two more momentous victories for Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem below.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Josh and Hannah

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