Spartanburg Angels

Welcoming Erin Ouzts as leader of Spartanburg Angels

We are very pleased that Erin Ouzts is joining the Spartanburg Angels team as Director of the group.

Below is more on the announcement of her appointment, and you can read more in the Upstate Business Journal. We're excited about adding her enterpreneurial and investing experience, and relationships with potential investors and early stage companies in Spartanburg, to the team.

 

Spartanburg Angels Announces

New Director

Spartanburg, S.C. – Spartanburg Angels is delighted to announce the appointment of Erin Ouzts as its new Director.

Spartanburg Angels is an angel investment group that invests in early stage companies in Spartanburg and across the Carolinas. It is part of the VentureSouth network of 14 affiliated angel groups and funds.

Erin has been a member of Spartanburg Angels and a driving force behind the group since its beginning in 2015. Erin agreed to become Director this summer to help continue growing the membership and increasing the number of local companies that present to the VentureSouth members.

“I’m thrilled to continue to grow Spartanburg Angels,” said Erin. “With the support of the One Spartanburg plan and our local investors, Spartanburg Angels will continue to impact our community as a key piece of the ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs. Many elements must work together to create a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem and capital for growing companies is a critical piece.”

Over 35 people have been part of Spartanburg Angels since it was created. These members have already invested in 15 early stage companies from across the Carolinas, including Spartanburg companies like Atlas Organics.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Erin to form and grow Spartanburg Angels over the last two years,” said Paul Clark, a Managing Director at VentureSouth. “And we’re excited about the momentum and enthusiasm she will bring to continuing to grow the group.”

“Last year’s OneSpartanburg Community Assessment noted that many communities of a similar size to Spartanburg would covet the presence of a locally-based angel investment group,” added Betsy Sikma, director of small business and entrepreneurial development for the Economic Futures Group at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “The plan’s final recommendations are to work with Spartanburg Angels to expand funding options for local high-growth firms.  We’re pleased to have been able to form the group, and to continue to see it being led by experienced angel investors and entrepreneurs.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about Spartanburg Angels is encouraged to visit its website at or connect with Erin at erin@venturesouth.vc.

A Thank You to Senator Shane Martin for NASCAR Pit Passes Donation

On behalf of the Spartanburg Angels and all of VentureSouth, we would like to send our sincere appreciation and thanks to Senator Shane Martin for donating NASCAR Pit Passes on behalf of the Spartanburg Angels. These Pit Passes will be going to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) of SC Convention this June as a part of their silent auction.

The passes are for the NASCAR Xfinity Races this year, including the Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19th, the Darlington Raceway in September 3rd, and the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7th. With this donation coming locally from a Spartanburg Senator, it means even more as Senator Martin has and continues to work hard and do great things for our city. We can’t thank him enough for all he has done and for his generous donation on behalf of the Spartanburg Angels!

Spartanburg Angels: momentum and education

GSA Business was kind enough to help us spread the word that Spartanburg has embraced its new angel group - Spartanburg Angels.

We are delighted with the momentum in the group so far. More than 30 people come to the first meeting; we saw our first two presenting companies; and we took our first company into due diligence. We look forward to investing in our first companies soon.

Successful angel investment groups require committed investors, community support, and effective organization.  They also need educated investors and entrepreneurs.  Spartanburg Angels' first educational workshop, providing an introduction to term sheets for early stage companies, is open to everyone: please join us here.

SCAN announces the Spartanburg Angel Network

SCAN is delighted to be partnering with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to launch the Spartanburg Angel Network. Thanks to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal for helping to spread the word.

Here is our announcement of the interest meetings in January and February, and you can sign up here:

Cocktails on 1/21: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spartanburg-angel-network-interest-meeting-tickets-15113461771

Breakfast on 1/28: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spartanburg-angel-network-interest-breakfasts-tickets-15112861977

Evening on 2/11: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spartanburg-angel-network-interest-meeting-tickets-15344022384

See you there!