VENTURESOUTH membership

VentureSouth includes more than 400 members, most of whom are in close proximity to one of our many VentureSouth Markets – but investors are welcome to join from anywhere.

Explore our Markets below – and click here if you’d like to join VentureSouth. 

VentureSouth Aiken (Aiken, SC)

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

Bob Hottensen

Retired Equity Analyst, Goldman Sachs & Olayan Group

Paul Newsom

Associate Professor of Finance, USC Aiken

VentureSouth Asheville (Asheville, NC)

Established in 2014 in partnership with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

Asheville Market Director

Jeff Kaplan

Director, Venture Asheville

VentureSouth Charleston (Charleston, SC)

VentureSouth Charleston launched in 2014 as one of our first expansion markets. 

Charleston Market Director

Eric Thome

Managing Director of Business Development, Charles Towne Holdings

VentureSouth Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

Led by Juan Garzón and serial entrepreneur Mac Lackey, our Charlotte Market formed in the Queen City in 2016.

Charlotte Market Directors

Juan GARZON

Executive Director, Innovate Charlotte

Mac Lackey

Founder, Exit DNA

VentureSouth Fayetteville (Fayetteville, NC)

VentureSouth Fayetteville successfully launched in early 2020, under the stewardship of local entrepreneur Marty Cayton. 

Fayetteville Market Director

MARTY CAYTON

Publisher at Greater Fayetteville Business Journal

VentureSouth Hilton Head (Hilton Head, SC)

VentureSouth Hilton Head launched in 2015 to provide access to VentureSouth to residents of Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Hilton Head Market Directors

Morgan Malino

General Counsel & Data Protection Officer

Tim Zwerner

Business and Real Estate Attorney

VentureSouth Midlands (Columbia, SC)

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 Managing Director

Charlie Banks

Co-Founder & Managing Director, VentureSouth

VentureSouth Pee Dee (Florence, SC)

The Pee Dee region of South Carolina is the 16th community to join Venturesouth, bringing the resources of a venture capital firm to local investors.

PeeDee Managing Director

Curtis Lee

Founder/Principal at Kairos Sophos Consulting

VentureSouth Piedmont (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, NC)

VentureSouth Piedmont launched in 2017 to serve the Triad area of North Carolina.

Piedmont Market Directors

Matt Bailey

Investor and Director of Soelect Inc.

Malay Shah

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

Jay Rinehart

President/CEO at Rinehart Realty Corporation

VentureSouth Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)

VentureSouth Spartanburg officially launched in February 2015 as Spartanburg Angels in partnership with the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. 

Spartanburg Managing Director

Paul Clark

Co-Founder & Managing Director, VentureSouth

VentureSouth Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC)

VentureSouth Triangle officially launched in September 2021.  

Triangle Managing Director

Paul Clark

Co-Founder & Managing Director, VentureSouth

VentureSouth Tri-County Area (Anderson, Oconee, Pickens) 

Originally known as Electric City Angels in Anderson, VentureSouth Tri-County has expanded to include counties in the Golden Corner of South Carolina. 

Tri-County Market Director

Craig Kinley

Principal of WiProwess, LLC

VentureSouth UCAN (Greenville, SC)

The Upstate Carolina Angel Network (UCAN) is the original investor group from which VentureSouth evolved.  UCAN launched in April of 2008.

UCAN Managing Director

Matt Dunbar

Co-Founder & Managing Director, VentureSouth

VentureSouth Virginia (Richmond, VA)

Established in 2021, VentureSouth’s newest angel group 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. 

Virginia Market Directors

Richard Wintsch

Executive Director at Startup Virginia

Noelle James

Director of Startup Growth at Startup Virginia

VentureSouth Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)

Our Wilmington Market joined the VentureSouth fold in 2019. 

Wilmington Market Director

Rob Kaiser

Publisher at Greater Wilmington Business Journal