Innovation

Building Global Innovation from Local Inspiration

In Asheville, innovation isn’t just another buzzword; it’s something we live and breathe each day. The values that have carried our community for centuries—inclusivity, stewardship and sustainability, allow us to cultivate the resources that enable us to connect, collaborate and solve complex problems in new ways. Add in a savvy and exceptionally smart workforce, and there’s no limit for what we can achieve.

Recognized nationally as a center of innovation, we’re proud of our many creative efforts to nurture the accelerated growth in technology-driven industries. Take Venture Asheville for example, our network of support which connects our startup community to an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, talent and capital. Or The Collider, which is facing climate change issues head-on by challenging traditional ways of working together.

With a diverse mix of accelerating startups—from Avadim Technologies to Cloud for Good—and out-of-the-box ideas, we don’t shy away from a challenge and you can see the results in our thriving economy. So, are you ready to jump in and get disruptive?  We’ve got the resources to help get your started.

Rankings

#2
Best Startup Cities in America
2015 Popular Mechanics
#6
Best State for Technology & Innovation
2017 CNBC
#9
Best State for Access to Capital
2017 CNBC
#16
Best State for Innovation
2016 Forbes

Facts & Figures

6
Fastest Growing U.S. Companies
2015 INC 5000
50+
Startup Events
2016-2017 Venture Asheville
600k+
Capital Invested
2016-2017 Venture Asheville
40
Investors
Asheville Angels
20
Startups Funded
2014-2017 Asheville Angels
25
Elevate Mentor Companies
2016 Venture Asheville

Josh Dorfman

Director of Entrepreneurship Development