Entries by Accelerator

Presentation at Startup Product Asheville

On stage now, @esaraday, founder of Accelerating Appalachia, at #StartupProduct Asheville pic.twitter.com/7sEg3sbCV6 — Dayna Reggero (@DaynaReggero) May 21, 2014 Startup Product Asheville holds regular events for people who are passionate about product excellence and want to come together to collaborate about what it really takes to produce products. Find out more about Startup Product Asheville, click more »

Hemp! The future of Appalachia.

Accelerating Appalachia participated in the Growing Warriors hemp planting event in Rockcastle County Ky. This is the first hemp crop planted in over 80 years. The farm plans to grow the hemp with the intent to be used in Appalachian based textile products. The event resulted in the state of Kentucky suing the DEA for more »

Appalachian Food Summit

On Sunday May 18th, Sara Day Evans had the opportunity to attend the inaugural at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott county Ky. The food was excellent and it was a great opportunity to connect with Appalachians in the food industry. Additionally this summit matters because it displayed Appalachian heritage to those outside the region and more »

Accelerating Appalachia’s Sustainable Business Course at Warren Wilson

Accelerating Appalachia had the exciting opportunity to work this spring with Warren Wilson College in teaching a sustainable business and entrepreneurship course. As the spring semester has wrapped up, most of the students have considered continuing their sustainable business projects or plan to use the skills learned in the course to contribute to other organization in more »

Venture Forum December 9

Accelerating Appalachia’s 2013 crop of nature-based businesses are presenting their plans for the future on Monday, December 9, and you’re invited. Join us for a night of exciting presentations, excellent networking, and good old fashioned fun. The Venture Forum will be emceed by Entremanureship, along with a bit of entertainment from Joel Schantz. Your ticket more »

Catherine Covington, RSF Social Finance

Catherine Covington is a senior program associate in Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, CA.  RSF is a philanthropic and financial services organization focused on providing capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addresses key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.  At RSF, more »

Justin Belleme, Founder, JB Media Group, JB Media Institute

Justin has been providing web design, online marketing strategies and consulting services to clients in the Asheville area and beyond for over 10 years. His specializations are search engine optimization, social media strategy, website monetization, and online marketing. He also has significant experience in online publicity, website design, viral marketing, computer programming, and video production. more »

Jim Roberts

Named one of the “40 Most Influential People Under 40” by the Charlotte Business Journal at age of 30, Jim has experience with business development, life sciences, information technology and governmental agencies.  He started an entrepreneur council in Charlotte called FirstRound during the technology boom in 2000. He was then recruited to the Asheville region to start more »