We would like to thank everyone who participated in the inaugural VentureSouth Summit. Nearly 150 angel investors from the across the Southeast arrived in downtown Greenville, SC for two days of education, networking, portfolio updates, and entrepreneur pitches.  We are already planning the 2017 VentureSouth Summit, so stay tuned for more details!

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners listed below!


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EXECUTING EXITS workshop

The workshop was brought to the Carolinas for the first time thanks to the generosity of Oaklyn Consulting and Wells Fargo.

This comprehensive workshop, created by the Angel Resource Institute, provided the knowledge and resources to maximize the probability of a successful exit, ensuring the price is fair, the terms are reasonable and the outcome is optimum for the team and the business.

The workshop was facilitated by Bill Payne, a nationally-renowned angel investor and thought leader. Bill is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to entrepreneurs. He assisted in founding four angel groups: the Frontier Angel Fund, Vegas Valley Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Aztec Venture Network. Over the past three decades, Bill Payne has successfully founded or invested in over 60 start-up companies.

In 1971, Bill founded Solid State Dielectrics Inc., an advanced materials supplier to the electronic components industry. He sold the company to E. I. DuPont in 1982.

From 1995 to 2007, in his role as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Kauffman Foundation, he worked on educational programs for entrepreneurs and their investors, including the development of the “Power of Angel Investing” seminar series.

Since 2001, Bill has served as the lead instructor for more than 100 of these angel investing seminars and workshops in 10 countries. He was also active in the formation and startup of the Angel Resource Institute and the Angel Capital Association (ACA).

Bill was awarded ACA’s prestigious 2009 Hans Severiens Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Angel Investing.


2016 Venturesouth Summit Agenda

November 30

8:30am-12:30pm - "Executing Exits" workshop. In partnership with the Angel Resource Institute, facilitated by Bill Payne, and brought to the Carolinas thanks to the generosity of Oaklyn Consulting and Wells Fargo

12:30pm-2:00pm - lunch in downtown Greenville

2:00pm-4:00pm - VentureSouth Portfolio Day 1. Six VentureSouth portfolio companies will provide an update on their progress in 2016

4:00pm-5:00pm - Screening Meeting 1. Two companies will compete to present at the January member meetings

5:30pm-until - VentureSouth Investor Craft Beer Experience - by the Growler Haus hosted by RealOp Investments. (Learn more here.)

December 1

8:00am-9:00am - Investor Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am - Limited Partners meeting for investors in the Palmetto Angel 2014 Fund

9:00am-10:00am - Screening Meeting 2. Two more companies will compete to present at the January member meetings

10:00am-12:00pm - VentureSouth Portfolio Day 2.  Six more VentureSouth portfolio companies will provide an update on their progress in 2016

12:00pm-1:00pm - "State of the Network" investor luncheon

1:30pm-3:30pm - VentureSouth Member Migration - year end meeting with the full membership in attendance