About Us

 

Who We Are

VentureSouth is an early-stage venture firm that provides capital and expertise to Southeastern startups through our angel investment network and funds.

Since our inception with the Upstate Carolina Angel Network (UCAN) in 2008, VentureSouth has grown to include more than 35f0 active investors, making us one of the largest angel investment groups in the United States – and we have been named a Top 10 angel group three times.

To date, VentureSouth has invested over $50 million in more than 80 companies.

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Our Founders

Our founders and partners combine complementary skills from diverse backgrounds. We have been engineers, builders, entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, board members, and educators. We share a collective passion for fostering the success of early-stage ventures in the Southeast. 

MATT DUNBAR

MATT DUNBAR

MANAGING DIRECTOR

CHARLIE BANKS

CHARLIE BANKS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

PAUL CLARK

PAUL CLARK

MANAGING DIRECTOR

OPERATIONS TEAM

We count on our fantastic operations team to keep all our ducks in a row.  As the front line folks who keep up with our investors, pipeline, portfolio, logistics and marketing, these friendly faces keep VentureSouth flying in formation.    

CAROLINE EFIRD

CAROLINE EFIRD

INVESTOR RELATIONS DIRECTOR

KEVIN MEINECKE

KEVIN MEINECKE

PIPELINE DIRECTOR

ALEX BIERMANN

ALEX BIERMANN

PORTFOLIO ANALYST

SAM BOENSCH

SAM BOENSCH

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

DEVON SMITH

DEVON SMITH

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Market Directors

The VentureSouth team relies on a dedicated group of Market Directors who facilitate member development and meetings in local markets across our footprint.  Our market leaders keep our network growing and make sure our distributed activities run smoothly.  Please click on our membership page to learn more about our Market Directors and the markets they serve.