VentureSouth schedules workshops and online classes


To help potential entrepreneurs best position their early stage companies for investment, VentureSouth is planning a series of “How to Pitch” workshops.   File image

Greenville-based VentureSouth, an early stage investment firm active throughout the Southeast, recently released its fall lineup of educational events for Columbia, Charleston and other locales as well as online learning opportunities.

To help potential entrepreneurs best position their early stage companies for investment, VentureSouth is planning a series of “How to Pitch” workshops at SC Cyber in Columbia Nov. 16 and at Charleston’s Digital Corridor Dec. 6. Matt Dunbar, VentureSouth's managing director, will be featured.

To sign up, participants can visit http://venturesouth.vc/events

VentureSouth leaders also plan an upcoming Angel Resource Institute workshop entitled “Executing Exits,” scheduled for Nov. 30 in Greenville and facilitated by Bill Payne, founder of Tech Coast Angels. Created by entrepreneur and angel investor Basil Peters, the event targets early stage business owners and investors but will also prove useful to any business owner who is planning ahead, spokespersons said.

“Educating entrepreneurs and investors on the intricacies of early stage capital is a critical contributor to the long term success of our business environment,” VentureSouth managing director Charlie Banks said. “To have nationally-celebrated experts sharing their strategies and insights is a tremendous opportunity for management teams and investors here in the Carolinas.”

The events and workshops have been supported by several regional organizations including the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Wells Fargo, The NEXT Innovation Center, SC Cyber, and Bauknight Pietras & Stormer.

“We need more exits in the Carolinas to add momentum to the early stage investment community here,” Banks said, noting that enterprises are strengthened by exit strategy. “Knowing the best ways to create exits will be invaluable.” 

Working to improve investor education along with sourcing, development and regional coordination, VentureSouth manages angel groups and funds across South Carolina and Western North Carolina. With over 200 investors, more than 50 companies and upwards of 450 jobs created, the firm works with Angel Resource Institute and the South Carolina Angel Network to improve early stage capital across the Palmetto State. 

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