VentureSouth Spartanburg officially launched in February 2015 as Spartanburg Angels. The group has grown to around 25 members, has invested in over 15 companies including local Spartanburg companies like Atlas Organics, and continues to thrive thanks to the support of our members and community.
VentureSouth Spartanburg is led by Erin Ouzts, whose has advised and invested in startups since the 1990s and has led other entrepreneurial ventures in Spartanburg including the GreenHouse Business Incubator at USC Upstate. Learn more about her on our team page.
VentureSouth Spartanburg is indebted to founding members whose desire to see a group in Spartanburg eventually led to its successful launch.
Members in VentureSouth Spartanburg come from a broad range of backgrounds and interest:
- Multiple members who are claiming the title "angel investor" for the first time
- Members with 20+ years of experience investing in early stage companies
- Over half our members have been founders and CEOs of companies
- Current or former leaders at many of Spartanburg's leading manufacturing companies
- Other backgrounds consist of financial investment professionals, hospice operators; valuation experts, real estate experts, management consultants, and brewers.
Members can access our deal flow and portfolio platform by signing in to Venture 360.