Asheville, NC

Current Organizers

Josh Dorfman

Josh currently leads Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to scale Asheville's high-growth entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is also Managing Director of Asheville Angels, an angel investor network that funds startups and early-stage companies in Asheville and across the Southeast. Previously, Josh was site Site Leader / General Manger of, an e-commerce business specializing in natural, organic and sustainably made products. Prior to, Josh was VP of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “Fast Company 50” authority on the health, environment, and ethical performance of consumer goods. Josh was also founder & CEO of Vivavi, an e-commerce company specializing in modern design, sustainable furniture and furnishings named to Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50” as a leader in the emerging green economy. Josh is also known as “The Lazy Environmentalist,” a media venture he launched in 2005 to help consumers discover clever, stylish and convenient ways to green their lifestyles. Josh built the business from a blog into a book series, daily radio show on SiriusXM, and award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel. Josh holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

Melody Isis Herman

The Entrepreneur's Agent. Benefits Shaman. Small Biz, Startups, Young Professionals. Infusing the conversation of insurance with love, passion & pizzazz.

Claire Chender

Claire is the Operations Manager for Venture Asheville, which includes the Elevate entrepreneur development program. An L.A. native and former competitive surfer, Claire received a BA in English from Vassar College.