VentureSouth's regional and national profile

At VentureSouth, we aspire to be one of the leading early stage investment firms in the US. From humble beginnings, we now manage over 230 business and community leaders in angel groups over a 300 mile region - and invest as much capital as a small venture capital fund.

But more than that, we try to find, implement, and improve the best practices of early stage investors. This is why we are particularly pleased when our efforts receive regional and national recognition.

Matt has excelled at this recently. Last week, he participated in Bull City Ventures' Venture Outlook event in Raleigh event that was written up in Inc magazine and other local press.

To top that, today he was recognized as one of the leading early stage investor thought-leaders. The Angel Capital Association listed Matt's article in the UBJ last year as #6 among the top 25 "must reads" of 2016 for angel investors. His fellow nominees are some of the most recognized angel investors (like Dave Berkus) and leading venture capitalists (like Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, and Mark Suster).

Matt's a humble guy, but we have no qualms about saying that his knowledge of angel investing is second to none. We are pleased that others across the US agree.

To learn more about Matt's history, UCAN, and the VentureSouth story, try this profile in GreenvilleCEO.

CSR Angels - helping the Aiken/Augusta startup ecosystem

Enjoyable article from the Augusta Chronicle this weekend, demonstrating the importance of capital as a link in the chain of development of an early stage ecosystem.

As "every piece of the chain" improves, education on how those links work together becomes key. What better way to understand how to access the nascent angel capital in our area than by coming to the "how to pitch" workshop this week?

VentureSouth announces its fall 2016 educational events calendar

We look forward to seeing you at some of the educational events coming this year.

VentureSouth Announces Fall Education Events

Greenville, S.C. – VentureSouth, a leading early-stage investment firm that develops and manages angel investment groups and funds in the Southeast, is pleased to announce its fall schedule of educational events for early stage investors and entrepreneurs.

VentureSouth works with prominent providers of angel investment education and information, including the Angel Resource Institute (ARI) and the Angel Capital Association. Charlie Banks, Managing Director of VentureSouth, stated, “Educating entrepreneurs and investors on the intricacies of early stage capital is a critical contributor to the longterm success of our business environment.” A full schedule of these events is available on the VentureSouth website at

The highlight of the educational calendar is the ARI workshop “Executing Exits” on November 30 in Greenville, SC. The workshop was developed by nationally-renowned entrepreneur CEO and angel investor, Basil Peters. Bill Payne, founder of Tech Coast Angels and other early stage investment firms, will be in South Carolina to facilitate the workshop. The seminar is particularly aimed at early stage company leaders and investors, but will be valuable to any business owner contemplating their eventual “exit.”

Banks further stated: “To have nationally-celebrated experts sharing their strategies and insights is a tremendous opportunity for management teams and investors here in the Carolinas. Exits are what make Silicon Valley and other entrepreneurial hot-spots so powerful. We need more exits in the Carolinas to add momentum to the early stage investment community here. Knowing the best ways to create exits will be invaluable.”

VentureSouth is also providing a series of workshops to help potential entrepreneurs understand how to position their early stage company for investment. The “How to Pitch” series begins in at the NEXT Center in Greenville (November 1), continues to SC Cyber in Columbia (November 16), and then to the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (Clemson) in Charleston (December 6).

Other events include a workshop with Asheville Angels on October 20 at the Asheville Chamber at noon that provides a comprehensive understanding of the rigorous due diligence processes a company must complete to obtain angel capital.

Finally, on the platform, Paul Clark of VentureSouth will be discussing tax issues related to angel investing with tax expert Ben Glenn of Bauknight Pietras & Stormer. If you are thinking of raising capital in South Carolina, or considering investing in a startup company in the state, you need to review the online broadcast.

VentureSouth would like to thank the partners that make these workshops possible. These include the SC Department of Commerce, Wells Fargo, The NEXT Innovation Center, SC Cyber, and Bauknight Pietras & Stormer.

For more information and a complete list of events visit


SC Angel Network and CSR Angels to Speak at North Augusta Chamber Business Power Lunch

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) and Central Savannah River Angels (CRS Angels) are thrilled to be featured at the upcoming North Augusta Chamber’s Business Power Lunch. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 10th from 11:30am -1:00 pm at the Palmetto Terrace, located on the 4th floor of the North Augusta Municipal Building (100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC).

The power lunch provides Chamber members the opportunity to hear views and insights on economic trends, stay informed on issues relevant to the business community, and network with other professionals. Networking begins at 11:00am. 

Terra Carroll, President/CEO of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, stated “We are thrilled to have the CSR Angels present at our November Power Lunch. We truly believe that small business and new ideas are the very backbone of any community, so we are certainly excited for our members to receive this information.” 

Charlie Banks, Managing Director of SCAN, added “I look forward to discussing angel investing and its impact on the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We are excited about the launch of CSR Angels in the North Augusta and Aiken community.”

Pre-registration is required. For Chamber members, the cost is $25 for an individual and $200 for a table of eight. For non-members, it is $40 for an individual and $350 for a table of eight. To register, email Jessica Hanson at, call 803-279-2323, or click here. The current event sponsors are as follows: 

Presenting Sponsor: SRP Federal Credit Union

Signature Sponsors: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions - Georgia Regents University - Trace Staffing EDTS- Southern Bank & Trust- Savannah River Remediation LLC- SME CPAs

Supporting Sponsors: MAU – Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology – The Star

Patent Attorney and Former Examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office to Present to SC Angel Network Groups

Patent Attorney and Former Examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office to Present to SC Angel Network Groups

 Presentation to Highlight the Value of Intellectual Property and the Patent Process

SOUTH CAROLINA South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) is pleased to announce John Sotomayor, patent attorney and former lead patent examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office, will speak to four SCAN member groups next week. His presentation will provide an informative introduction on Intellectual Property (IP) and will help demystify patent process. 

The presentations will provide both investors and entrepreneurs with an explanation of current best practices in the patent and trademark process and the meetings will be open to the public. Mr. Sotomayor will be presenting to the Spartanburg Angels in Spartanburg and the Upstate Carolina Angel Network in Greenville on August 24. He will present to the Capital Angels in Columbia and the Electric City Angels in Anderson on August 25. To find out more information and to RSVP, please click one of the links below:

·      Spartanburg Angels 

·      Upstate Carolina Angel Network

·      Capital Angels

·      Electric City Angels 

Sotomayor specializes in software methods and software driven products, electrical, electro-mechanical, medical and other devices. His patent consulting practice encompasses assisting clients in identifying patentable inventions, patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, and the establishment of IP departments.  

Charlie Banks, Managing Director of the South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN), noted, “Understanding intellectual property and the patent process is very important for many entrepreneurs and investors. We are excited to partner with John and bring this information to several communities across South Carolina.”