Thank you for your interest in joining VentureSouth, one of the country’s largest early stage investment organization. While the majority of our members are within the markets listed below, accredited investors from across the US are invited to join.
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VentureSouth includes more than 550 members, most of whom are in close proximity to one of our many VentureSouth Markets – but investors are welcome to join from anywhere.
Aiken • Asheville • Atlanta • Charleston • Charlotte • Chattanooga • Fayetteville • Hampton Roads (757) • Jacksonville • Midlands (Columbia) • Oxford • Piedmont (Greensboro/Winston-Salem) • Pee Dee (Florence, SC) • Rock Hill • Spartanburg • Triangle (Durham / Raleigh / Chapel Hill) • UCAN (Greenville, SC) • Central Virginia (Richmond) • Wilmington
Formed in 2015 under the leadership of Peter Buckley and Paul Newsom. Today Paul co-leads our efforts in the region with Bob Hottensen.
Aiken Market Directors
Retired Equity Analyst, Goldman Sachs & Olayan Group
Associate Professor of Finance, USC Aiken
Established in 2014 in partnership with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
Asheville Market Director
Director, Venture Asheville
VentureSouth Atlanta launched in 2022, making it the first market expansion in Georgia.
Atlanta Market Directors
Director of Venture Relations, VentureSouth
VentureSouth Charleston launched in 2014 as one of our first expansion markets.
Charleston Market Director
Managing Director of Business Development
Formed in the Queen City in 2016 and led by Dan Roselli, an experienced venture investor and one of the top leaders within Charlotte’s investment community.
Charlotte Market Directors
Founder, RevTechLabs & CFV Ventures
VentureSouth Chattanooga launched in 2022, making it the first market expansion in Tennessee.
Chattanooga Market Director
Mentor, Advisor, Angel Investor
VentureSouth Fayetteville successfully launched in early 2020, under the stewardship of local entrepreneur Marty Cayton.
Fayetteville Market Director
Publisher at Greater Fayetteville Business Journal
757 Angels Powered By VentureSouth
(Hampton Roads region, VA)
VentureSouth has partnered with 757 Angels to continue to build on the strong momentum established by the group since its founding in 2015. The group is led by veteran investor and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, Paul Nolde.
757 Angels Executive Director
Managing Director, 757 Angels
Launched in the spring of 2023, VentureSouth Jacksonville is led by veteran angel investor Dr. Juliana Iarossi.
Jacksonville Market Director
Dr. Juliana Iarossi
Entreprenuer and Professor
VentureSouth Midlands launched as our first VentureSouth expansion market in 2014. Originally called Capital Angels, VentureSouth Midlands serves our investors in Columbia, SC and the surrounding areas.
Midlands Market Directors
Co-Founder & President at Rhodes Branding
Entrepreneur and Business Leader
VentureSouth Oxford officially launched in early 2022.
Oxford Market Director
President, The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation
VentureSouth Pee Dee
The Pee Dee region of South Carolina organized its VentureSouth group in 2021.
Pee Dee Market Director
Founder/Principal at Kairos Sophos Consulting
(Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, NC)
VentureSouth Piedmont launched in 2017 to serve the Triad area of North Carolina.
Piedmont Market Directors
Investor and Director of Soelect Inc.
General Partner Piedmont Summit Capital
VentureSouth Rock Hill
(Rock Hill, SC)
VentureSouth Rock Hill was one of our earliest expansion efforts in 2015.
Rock Hill Market Director
President/CEO at Rinehart Realty Corporation
VentureSouth Spartanburg officially launched in February 2015 as Spartanburg Angels in partnership with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce.
Spartanburg Managing Director
John Gramling III
Activist Investor and Investment Banker
(Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, NC)
VentureSouth Triangle officially launched in September 2021. Since the summer of 2023, Jonathan Heigel has led the group in the region.
Triangle Market Director
Founder, Operator, Venute Investor
The Upstate Carolina Angel Network (UCAN) is the original investor group from which VentureSouth evolved. UCAN launched in April of 2008.
UCAN Managing Director
Co-Founder & Managing Director, VentureSouth
VentureSouth Central Virginia
Established in 2021, VentureSouth’s group in Central Virginia was created in partnership with Startup Virginia, a nonprofit high-growth business incubator and entrepreneurial hub dedicated to advancing businesses that build a long-term, sustainable economy for Virginia.
Central Virginia Market Directors
Executive Director at Startup Virginia
Director of Startup Growth at Startup Virginia
Our Wilmington market joined the VentureSouth fold in 2019 and is now led by Josh Hallingse through a partnership with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.
Wilmington Market Director
VP of Small Business Development & Business Retention, Wilimington Chambe of Commerce