Asheville Entrepreneurship Week

Asheville Entrepreneurship Week

Celebrating Asheville’s Entrepreneurial Community’s Contribution to Business and Job Creation

Encouraging our citizens to celebrate the remarkable and everyday successes of our entrepreneurs and innovators.

ASHEVILLE, August 8, 2017  – On Tuesday, August 7, Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a proclamation declaring the second week of September “Asheville Entrepreneurship Week.” Asheville Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of Asheville’s growing startups and innovative businesses. Led by the Hatch AVL Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Asheville, which serves Asheville headquartered high-growth potential startups, Asheville Entrepreneurship Week hosts a Local Government Candidate Forum on Entrepreneurship, celebrates the 3rd Anniversary of 1 Million Cups, a Hatch Pitch Party, the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Annual Color Ball & TEDxAsheville – all in one jam-packed week!

“Asheville works best when its constituents work together. Asheville’s rich and abundant creative culture is an integral and irreplaceable driver of both our economy and our quality of life. It serves as a unique and invaluable resource to our ever-growing community of entrepreneurs.” said Asheville Area Arts Council Board Chair, Gar Ragland. He continued, “The Asheville Area Arts Council is delighted to be a partner and resource to this community, helping to not only sustain but strengthen our creative economy through collaboration.”

The week brings together industry veterans and new entrepreneurs forming valuable connections as they continue to make Asheville a welcome home for innovative thinkers and job creators. Asheville Entrepreneurship Week spans the entire business ecosystem, providing opportunities for everyone from startups to enterprises, and from artists to engineers. Asheville Entrepreneurship Week shines light on the incredible diversity of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sept. 5 – Local Government Candidate Forum (12pm, The Hatch, 45 S French Broad) – Tickets Required

Sept. 6 – 1 Million Cups 3rd Anniversary (9am, RISC Networks, 81 Broadway)

Sept. 7 – Hatch Pitch Party (6pm, The Hatch, 45 S French Broad)

Sept. 9 – The Color Ball (Various locations)

Sept. 10 – TEDxAsheville (1pm, Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd)

Hatch AVL President, George Glackin (left), pictured with Mayor Esther Manheimer and Hatch Member and Anthroware Product Owner, Jeffrey Kaplan, receiving the signed proclamation.

Entrepreneurial Event Series

Leading up to Hatch This, Hatch is hosting 5 events to prepare attendees, offer educational opportunities, and increase chances for networking. Check out the list below, and follow us on Facebook for event updates!

Pitch Party

  • When: 8/2/17, 6pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Anthroware’s Office at The Hatch (45 S French Broad Ave Suite 145)
  • Description: Open-Mic Night for Entrepreneurs
  • One of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to develop is their pitch. While there are several kinds of pitches, this event is an open event for anyone to give a 1-minute pitch. Just you, no slides – just like you can give at Hatch This in September.  Let’s see you communicate your big idea! As an added benefit, pitchers will receive feedback from their peers.
  • As a bonus, best pitch as voted on by the audience will win a free ticket to Hatch This!
  • This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to pitch, as opportunities to validate your ideas to an unbiased audience are rare!

Pitch Party 

  • When: 9/7/17, 6pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Hatchworks (45 S French Broad)
  • Description: Open-Mic Night for Entrepreneurs
  • One of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to develop is their pitch. While there are several kinds of pitches, this event is an open event for anyone to give a 1-minute pitch. Just you, no slides – just like you can give at Hatch This in September.  Let’s see you communicate your big idea! As an added benefit, pitchers will receive feedback from their peers.
  • This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to pitch, as opportunities to validate your ideas to an unbiased audience are rare!

Ideation and Validating an Idea Workshop

  • When: 9/13/17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Where: HatchWorks (45 S. French Broad)
  • Description:  Have the itch to start your own business but don’t know how to start? Have a business idea but don’t know how to test an idea? Join us as startup and technology veteran Dominic Taverniti leads us through an ideation and validation workshop. Attendees will leave the event with tools to generate business ideas and the know-how to take the next steps towards venture creation.
  • This event is free and open to the public.

Rapid Prototyping Workshop

  • When: 10/18/17, 12pm – 1pm
  • Where: HatchWorks (45 S. French Broad)
  • Description: Whether you’re validating an idea, seeking funding, developing a new product, or even winning customers, you will need to go through a rapid prototyping phase. Join us to discover the importance of using rapid prototyping to create an ideal feature set for your hardware or software product. This workshop, led by veteran technologist and entrepreneur Chris Buehler and Anthroware Product Owner Jeffrey Kaplan, will expose you to tools and resources (some free, some local) that you can use to develop your own products.
  • This event is free and open to the public.

Pitch Party 

  • When: 10/25/17, 6pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Hatchworks (45 S French Broad)
  • Description: Open-Mic Night for Entrepreneurs
  • One of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to develop is their pitch. While there are several kinds of pitches, this event is an open event for anyone to give a 1-minute pitch. Just you, no slides – just like you can give at Hatch This in September.  Let’s see you communicate your big idea! As an added benefit, pitchers will receive feedback from their peers.
  • This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to pitch, as opportunities to validate your ideas to an unbiased audience are rare!

Announcing Hatch This

Hatch This

WNC’s 3-Day Startup Throwdown   

Pitch.Build.Win.


Announcing “Hatch This”, WNC’s 3-day Start-up Throw-down

Pitch, build, and win your way to mentorship, seed funding, and office space at Asheville’s entrepreneurship hub.

Asheville, NC – June 19, 2017 (Updated: August 8, 2017) – Hatch This is an entrepreneurial event bringing makers, artists, and dreamers together to build a business in just one weekend.

A mash-up of, a hackathon, an accelerator, and a weekend-long party, Hatch This matches attendees in teams with expert mentorship to craft a startup and compete for prizes including seed funding and office space at Hatch Asheville, located at 45 S. French Broad in downtown.

Attendees should come ready to pitch a business idea or ready to offer your skills and join a team.  Once teams form, the real work begins: build a prototype, get real user feedback, pitch your deck in front of real investors, and win prizes.

You can be a coder, a designer, a programmer, an engineer, a strategist, a networker, an MBA, an entrepreneur, a finance-whiz, an inventor, an innovator, a doodler, an artist, a creator, a builder, an academic, a drop-out, an investor, a founder or a future co-founder – all are welcome to participate at Hatch This!

Leading up to Hatch This, Hatch Asheville will host a series of events including a Pitch-Practice event, legal workshops, a rapid prototyping workshop, and a panel on diversity in technology companies. These events will be listed on www.hatchavl.org as they are posted.

Hatch This is actively seeking sponsors who desire to support the entrepreneurial community and expand their reach with a new class of business creators. Contact us below for sponsorship opportunities.

When: November 3 to 5

Cost: $75 (General Admission) $50 (Students)

Where: 45 S. French Broad (Parking in Rear or across the street after 5:30 PM)

Prizes include: Residency in HatchWorks, Seed Funding, Professional Services, and more…

Event Schedule

Friday 11/3 5:30pm – Kickoff, Pitch Ideas and Form Teams

  • Intro and keynote speaker
  • Ideas are pitched in 1min format, voted on and teams are formed
  • Work begins…
  • (dinner provided)

Saturday 11/4 8am – Working and Learning

  • Breakfast followed by a Pitch workshop for all
  • Mentoring sessions with top entrepreneurs and experts
  • Work, work, work, iterate, test, validate, work
  • Pitch practice
  • (breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)

Sunday 11/5 8am – Working, Pitching, Winning

  • Breakfast and address for all
  • More mentoring sessions with top experts
  • More pitch practice
  • FINAL PITCHES for prizes starting around 6pm; 5min pitch, 5min QA and judging by panel of expert judges
  • Wrap-up by 9pm
  • (breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Van Winkle Law Firm

Wicked Weed Brewing

Anthroware

Spencer and Agans PLLC Business and Employment Law

Leah B. Noel CPA

The Platinum Group

AB Tech

Contact us for Sponsorship Opportunities or Questions