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

SCAN Managing Director to Serve on Panel at Access to Capital Symposium

SCAN Managing Director to Serve on Panel at Access to Capital Symposium

 This lender-borrower workshop will address current lending practices


SOUTH CAROLINA  South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) is pleased to announce that one of our Managing Directors, Charlie Banks, will be serving on a panel at the Lender Matchmaker: Access to Capital Symposium workshop this Thursday.

Lender Matchmaker is a speed-networking event between lending organizations and small business owners. It is a unique opportunity designed to help small businesses assess their lending options in the most efficient way. This year, the event will consist of 2 Matchmaking sessions, allowing for one-on-one (15 minute) meetings with up to 18 lending organizations.

 SCAN Managing Director Charlie Banks heads the local midlands branch of the South Carolina Angel Network, called Capital Angels. Charlie is an experienced serial entrepreneur who has founded, run, and invested in multiple manufacturing, financial services, building science, and real estate companies in South Carolina.

 Charlie Banks, Managing Director of the South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN), noted, “Having access to capital is a critically important component of the life cycle of a company- small or large. I applaud the City of Columbia's leadership for taking a proactive role in helping our region's small businesses position themselves for success and I look forward to taking part in this exciting event.

The Access to Capital Symposium workshop will take place on September 24th, from 8:00am-3:00pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. To take advantage of this event, please visit the eventbrite page to register and sign up. 



About SCAN: The South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) is a network of angel investor groups and funds from across the Palmetto State that provide capital and expertise to early stage, high growth businesses in the southeastern United States. Through its 200-plus investors and full-time professional staff, SCAN has invested nearly $15 million in 40 companies, generating positive financial returns, helping attract over $200M in additional capital, and supporting the creation of over 450 jobs. Visit for more information.

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.”