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Venture Asheville

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Pam Lewis

on 8 May 2013

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Transcript of Venture Asheville

Creating an
Scene pam lewis change the way we're seen 1. create jobs
2. increase capital investment adoptive community
adaptive community "adopt a culture that tolerates
and actively encourages risk-taking" Building a job vs. Building a business
-Seth Godin Either can work and both do but
don't confuse them.

Shoemaker, copywriter/plumber
seeking a regular itinerary of gigs
is building a job.

The Entrepreneur is in a different game.
For her, the gig IS building the gig. we want to launch, grow and
attract the smartest, innovative
hands-down most brilliant companies
on the radar Goals ideas
story Combination of Unexpected Things
are Key Determinants for
An Attractive Area Coolness Score:
Cultural Activities
Enlightened areas/tolerance
Authenticity & Uniqueness
Talent attractiveness
Technological advancement
Diversity including gay index
Connectivity - point to point
Climate and environmnetal quality
Population or visitor spread 18-35 unique ambition of cities* The Futures Lab Boston - be smart
Silicon Valley - be powerful
Berkeley - live well
NYC - be rich
LA - be famous
DC - be an insider
Austin - be yourself *Paul Graham, Y Combinator making A scene August '11
COMS - Nano Biotechnology Conference
October '11
Carolina Entrepreneur & Investor Conference
Moog Mixer
November '11
Startup Weekend - Charlotte (Wifi Crowd)
TEDx Asheville
January '12
Innoventure Opportunities
White Space Event/Tech & Talent
February '12
National Entrepreneurship Week with AB/Tech
Ignite Asheville - February 21 at Grey Eagle
March '12
Opportunities Conference with SBTDC
SXSW - Asheville in Austin
TechStars NY
Blueprint Health Demo Day -NY
April, July, October '12
Innovation Nights (seeking sponsors)
April '12
The Power of Angel Investing with SBTDC
August 24-26, 2012
Asheville Startup Weekend
September '12
NC Entrepreneurship Summit (TBD)
November '12
Inter-active Asheville SXSW - Austin, TX - 25th Year as the most respected gathering
of music, film and interactive professionals

- 2011 saw a 40% growth (interactive 10,500)

- 9 days Austin becomes an incubator where
professionals from the creative industries interact and learn from current leaders and respected
legends alike

-hotbed of entrepreneurial activity with thousands
of startups roaming the streets

- New for 2012 SXSW Startup Village/adVENTURE Asheville build GREAT companies connect A place to connect with the Asheville entrepreneur scene Nathan Masters NEXT? Downtown Space - The Wells
Venture Asheville Website/Asheville Citizen Times
UNC-Asheville/WCU Collaborations
Networking Events - Turnstone on May 20
Venture Asheville Mentor Board
Marketing the Scene
Pitch Competitions
NewSong - Lincoln Center
TEDXAsheville, StartupWeekend, Ignite
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