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Angel Investing for Economic Development
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Angel Investing for Economic Development

Venture Carolina invites you to The Westin Poinsett hotel in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC for a comprehensive workshop designed to equip economic developers, thought leaders, job creators, government officials, startup support professionals, and business champions with knowledge about angel investing and its impact on the sustainability of our business environment.

According to research by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, over the last 25 years all net new jobs were created by companies less than 5 years old. Angel Investors have a major impact on early-stage company growth and job creation because they provide nearly 90% of all outside equity for startups. Leaders in our region can increase the value of their services to our ecosytem when they can more effectively advise on how and why angel investors behave the way they do.

The full day workshop covers the following five modules: (1) An overview of angel investing, (2) Due diligence, (3) Valuation of early stage companies, (4) Case studies, and (5) How to connect to angels.

The workshop is hosted n conjunction with the annual VentureSouth Summit and features content from the Angel Resource Institute.

Attendees will also be joined by the VentureSouth investor membership and other regional business leaders for an impactful keynote luncheon (12:00 - 1:00).

Location: The Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville, SC

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $149 - Early Bird Special (before Nov. 6). $199 (after Nov. 6)

Accomodations (if needed): There are many great places to stay in Greenville, but feel free to take advantage of the VentureSouth group rate of $179 at The Westin Poinsett. Online Booking or call 864-421-9700

Questions/Special Requests: Contact Grace Wheaton at grace@venturesouth.vc

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How to Pitch to Angel Investors
Nov
29
9:00 AM09:00

How to Pitch to Angel Investors

Venture Carolina invites you to participate in a comprehensive workshop designed to equip entrepreneurs with critical skills every founder needs to know.

Preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch to investors is a critical skill that every entrepreneur must master. Whether your company is conceptual or growing, learning how to convey your business to potential investors is critically important for its growth and long-term success.

Please join Paul Clark, Managing Director of VentureSouth, as he provides an overview of pitching to VentureSouth angel groups. We'll cover our process and what we look for in an investment opportunity, and how to deliver your pitch to whomever your investors are.

This event is in conjunction with the annual VentureSouth Summit.

Location: The Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville, SC

Cost: $25

Accomodations (if needed): There are many great places to stay in Greenville, but feel free to take advantage of the VentureSouth group rate of $179 at The Westin Poinsett. Online Booking or call 864-421-9700

Questions/Special Requests: Contact Grace Wheaton at grace@venturesouth.vc

Please register via Eventbrite

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Post-Investment & Boardroom Workshop
Nov
29
8:00 AM08:00

Post-Investment & Boardroom Workshop

Venture Carolina invites you to participate in a comprehensive workshop designed to equip angel investors, company CEOs, and board members with the knowledge and tools to drive companies to successful exits. Topics include director responsibilties and duties, minimizing risk and maximixing returns, leadership, strategy, and much more.

This workshop is in conjunction with the annual VentureSouth Summit and the Angel Resource Institute.

Location: The Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville, SC

Cost: $99

Accomodations (if needed): There are many great places to stay in Greenville, but feel free to take advantage of the VentureSouth group rate of $179 at The Westin Poinsett. Online Booking or call 864-421-9700

Questions/Special Requests: Contact Grace Wheaton at grace@venturesouth.vc

Please register via Eventbrite

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Taking the Non Out of Nonprofit
Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Taking the Non Out of Nonprofit

Conference Postponed to October 18

Like you, we have been consumed the past few days watching the images coming out of Florida and the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma continued on its path. There was certainly an initial sigh of relief that South Carolina was spared the worst of the storm, but the images coming from neighboring communities in the southeast are a quick reminder of how devastating storms like this can be and how much assistance is needed when they are gone. Combined with still to be determined impacts of potential severe weather in the Midlands Monday and even Tuesday, and the potential of damaging flooding in South Carolina’s coastal communities, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone “Taking the Non Out Nonprofit” conference to Wednesday, October 18.

Such a decision doesn’t come without much thought and deliberation. Despite the fact that the weather report for Columbia on Wednesday is currently “85 and sunny” the weather is only one consideration. The realization that so many of our attendees are the leadership, staff, and volunteers of South Carolina’s nonprofit sector – a sector that has been, and will continue to be, engaged in disaster management, relief, and clean up in the days and weeks to come – is what ultimately led us to this decision. 

Frankly, there are more important things for all of us to be focused on. The nonprofit and social service communities shine brightest in times of need. We use our hearts and our hands to make communities better each and every day, but when disaster strikes (near or far) this is especially apparent. Let us not distract from our strengths at this time. Whether your organization has staff running shelters, preparing donation drives for those impacted by Irma, mobilizing volunteers for clean-up efforts at home or somewhere in the southeast, playing host to the many evacuees that have found their way to our state, or just getting yourself back to “normal” after several days of closures and uneasiness – that should be the priority for all of us. We don’t want our scheduled gathering to be a distraction to any of that.

We believe strongly that the topics of this conference are important ones to help advance the work of the sector. So, we have rescheduled for Wednesday, October 18. Registration will remain open, but if you were registered for the original date, you do not need to re-register.


A day-long seminar in Columbia, SC for nonprofit executives, development directors and board members because it’s time you started operating more like a business and less like a charity, and it's time we showcased the power of the nonprofit sector to private investors.

Equipped with the knowledge that retiring baby boomers, changing approaches to funding and philanthropy, and a more crowded than ever nonprofit sector is creating a need for strategic thinking and bigger and bolder visions; Venture Carolina is partnering with 1000 Feathers and VentureSouth to help bridge the divide between nonprofits and entrepreneurship. During the event, nonprofit executives, development directors and board members will engage in dynamic conversation with industry leaders who will help our social service community think less like a charity and more like a business in an effort to expand resources and better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

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Bank of America Innovation Challenge. Three finalists will present their profitable ideas during the conference on Oct. 18 to a panel of investors and funders, modeled after the popular show Shark Tank®. Congratulations to Epworth Children's Home, Feed and Seed, and Shift NC for being selected. The winning pitch will receive $5,000 to fund the development and expansion of their effort.

 

 

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View the day's agenda.

We are passionate about existing outside of the nonprofit starvation cycle complex. We hope we can sharpen our blade and invite others to join us on the other side. One of my proudest moments with STSM happened during a recent planning day with our clinical team when on four separate occasions our therapists brought up opportunities to generate revenue if our federal funding ceases.
— Mary Dell Hayes, Executive Director, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
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