We sat down with Matt Dunbar, Managing Director of Upstate Carolina Angel Network and VentureSouth. We learned about this investment group supporting and funding many entrepreneurs and startups in the southeast over the past eight years. Dunbar explains how he and his partners have expanded from a single investor group in Greenville to several groups and funds serving entrepreneurs and startups throughout the Carolinas under the name VentureSouth.
Dunbar shared, “All net job growth comes from young high-growth companies. If we want long term sustainable job growth in our markets, we need to continue cultivating an entrepreneurial ecosystem and support those startups with capital. We want to attract, retain and grow entrepreneurs.”
“I’m the managing director of the Upstate Carolina Angel Network and partnered with Charlie Banks and Paul Clark to launch VentureSouth in 2014. We added a fourth partner, Mac Lackey, in North Carolina in 2016.” He said.