Venture Carolina To Host Angel Investing Workshops For Economic Developers

Venture Carolina is pleased to announce its upcoming workshop titled “Angel Investing for Economic Development” on Thursday, November 30 at The Westin Poinsett Hotel in Downtown Greenville. The workshop, presented in partnership with the Angel Resource Institute, is designed to equip economic developers, community leaders, job creators, government officials, startup support professionals, and business champions with knowledge about angel investing and its critical impact on sustainable economic development.

The full day workshop will cover an overview of angel investing and how it impacts economic development. 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. Equipped with this knowledge, economic development leaders will be able to increase the value of their services to the small business ecosystem.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with the annual VentureSouth Summit. VentureSouth is a Greenville-based network of more than a dozen angel groups and funds across the Carolinas. Workshop attendees will be joined by VentureSouth’s angel investors and other regional business leaders, and the keynote luncheon will feature Eric McCarthy, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Public Policy and Legal Affairs for Proterra. Proterra is a great example of the job creation impact of early-stage high growth businesses, and the impact early stage investors can have on economic development.

Venture Carolina is also excited to host Ross Finlay who will facilitate the workshop. Finlay is a Co-Founder and Director of Canada's largest association for private investors, serves on the Board of Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization, and is a Director of the U.S. Angel Capital Association and Angel Resource background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Finlay has assisted in the development and review of countless business plans for start-up companies and is a regular columnist for Atlantic Bussend him all of the followinginess Magazine and Progress Magazine.

Charlie Banks, Venture Carolina's Executive Director and co-founder of VentureSouth stated, "South Carolina does an excellent job in fostering economic development, particularly in attracting and celebrating large manufacturing operations. The support of early stage companies, however, is equally important to economic development, and is often less appreciated. This workshop should help everyone in the economic development community to understand better the effects of angel investing and its importance to our communities’ long term competitiveness and dynamism.”

In addition to the “Angel Investing for Economic Development” workshop, Venture Carolina will offer other workshops on Wednesday, November 29 during the VentureSouth Summit. The “Post-Investment and Boardroom” workshop is designed to equip investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone serving on boards with knowledge of how to make the relationship between boards and companies most productive. The “How To Pitch To Angel Investors” workshop helps entrepreneurs receive the information and skills needed to prepare for and attract investment. To register for these events, please visit

About Venture Carolina
Venture Carolina is a nonprofit that envisions an active, well-educated, and sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem across the Carolinas. The organization provides comprehensive, programatic initiatives to equip students, entrepreneurs, angel investors, economic developers, and business leaders with the critical knowledge needed to stimulate the creation and growth of high impact companies. To learn more about Venture Carolina and its educational opportunities, please visit