Entrepreneur & Investor Education
Bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors
Headquartered in Greenville, SC, Venture Carolina is the educational nonprofit of VentureSouth (hyperlink- www.venturesouth.vc), one of the largest early stage investment firms in the US.
Venture Carolina envisions an exciting, well-educated entrepreneurship ecosystem that supports the development of early-stage growth companies throughout the Southeast. We aim to bridge the gap between angel investors and entrepreneurs by providing a comprehensive suite of insightful workshops, webinars, and conferences.
The Venture Carolina team and its partners consist of highly successful entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, educators, attorneys, CPAs, board members, and executives across a myriad of industries.
411 University Ridge, Suite 211
Greenville, SC 29601
Curriculum (where areas of practice currently is)
How To Pitch To Investors
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.
Understanding Capitalization Tables
Whether funding comes as equity or debt, entrepreneurs need to understand how it will impact the ultimate outcome for all shareholders. Thus, founders need a deep understanding for the mathematics of capitalization tables. Likewise, early stage investors need to be fluent in the structures of cap tables to understand the impact on their potential returns from current and future rounds of funding.
Early Stage Terms Sheets & Valuations
It is important for the goals of angel investors and entrepreneurs to be aligned. This starts with an understanding of the methodologies used in valuing early stage companies. Additionally, entrepreneurs and investors need to understand the various terms and conditions used in these types of investments, which are outlined in the Term Sheet.
Navigating The Startup Boardroom
Having a strong board of directors for a startup can often make or break an early stage company. This workshop will teach entrepreneurs and investors the important issues around structuring a board, governance, financials, communication, leadership, and strategy.
Executing The Exit
This comprehensive workshop provides the knowledge and resources to maximize the probability of a successful exit, ensuring the price is fair, the terms are reasonable and the outcome is optimum for the team and the investors.
Tax Implications For Entrepreneurs & Investors
While discussing taxes is never exciting, this workshop takes an important deep dive into the tax implications for entrepreneurs, investors, and the early stage company.
Understanding Intellectual Property
IP is often something that many entrepreneurs either put too much value in or not enough. This workshop will provide both investors and entrepreneurs with an explanation of the current best practices and thinking about IP and the patent process.
Angel Investing For Economic Developers
Building a startup ecosystem is all the rage within economic development circles. This has created a strong desire for educational resources for professionals interested in building a community to retain or attract startups and investors. This workshop will provide economic developers with the knowledge needed to understand why a successful ecosystem starts with educating its investor base BEFORE you incubate and accelerate startups.
Taking the Non Out of Nonprofit Conference
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. This conference will teach nonprofit executives and development directors to think less like a charity and more like a business.