Accelerating Appalachia Venture Forum

Join us for the pitch event for 2013's class of nature-based businesses

December 9, 5-8pm

It's time for demo day!


Accelerating Appalachia's 2013 crop of nature-based businesses are presenting their plans for the future on December 9th, and you're invited. Join us for a night of exciting presentations, excellent networking, and good old fashioned fun. Your ticket ($15 each) includes access to all the presentations, heavy hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets.  Don't miss this chance to hear some of our region's most exciting entrepreneurs share their vision of the future and how you can help be a part of it.

Hosted by

With special guests...

Hosted by Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt of Entremanureship (two highly successful NC entrepreneurs and pitch event emcees extraordinaire)

 Businesses

Appalachian Botanical Alliance

The Appalachian Botanical Alliance is an herb grower’s cooperative thatsupplies high quality Western and Chinese herbs to practitioners, distributors and manufacturers.

Bark House

Chris McCurry’s Bark House utilizes natural materials from sustainable forests, processing them minimally through hand crafting and placing them in high design projects. B-corp, Cradle to Cradle certified.

Carolina Ground

Jennifer Lapidus’ Carolina Ground is the only mill in the Southeast producing organic wheat, rye and barley flours, locally grown and milled in Western North Carolina.

Climate Alive

Kurt Mann’s Climate Alive is a climate forecasting and planning tool for farmers, broadcasters and planners.

Echoview Fiber Mill

Julie Jensen’s Echoview Fiber Mill is the first fiber mill built in NC in 40 years, only GOLD LEED certified mill in the US, and supports and provides living wage jobs for employees and manufacturers of natural fibers.

Gallo Lea Pizza Kits

Gallolea Pizza Kits are the only organic, gluten-free, low sodium make-at-home pizza kit in the country! Great for those gluten-free folks that miss pizza!

Native Touch

Laralyn Riverwind, owner of Native Touch, is a biologist, herbalist and holds a doctorate of naturopathy. Native Touch is an indigenous, woman-owned, veteran-owned proprietary natural healing products for the body and skin, Native Touch products treat conditions such as eczema and other persistent skin conditions. Native Touch is based in Cherokee County, NC, creating jobs in Tier 1 county (some of state’s highest unemployment and poverty rates) as part of their social enterprise. The business also provides support and education for battered women, diabetes and child poverty to the Cherokee communities.

Smokin J's Fiery Foods

Joel and Tara Mowrey’s Smokin J’s Fiery Foods is the only wholesale grower of ghost peppers in the US, and maker of proprietary base pepper paste sold wholesale nationally to salsa and hot sauce makers.

River Bend Malt House

Brent and Brian’s River Bend Malt House is unique on the east coast as a processor and purveyor of barley, wheat, rye malts for brewing and distilling. Based in Asheville, NC, voted Beer City USA three years running, and home to Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues’ new east coast distributing facilities.

Veterans to Farmers

Veterans to Farmers is working to provide American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with pride, education and fulfillment through a permanent source of sustainable income, community and contribution: The family farm.

Highland Brewing Company

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Sorry. This event is sold out. If you have any questions, please contact Noah Wilson at 828-458-0886.