The Blue Ridge Angel Investor Network (BRAIN) is composed of accredited individual and institutional angel investors. BRAIN members are interested in investing in innovative companies in Western North Carolina and connect with them through two venues: BRAIN-Online, an easy-to-use web-based platform showcasing growth companies in the AdvantageWest region, and occasional BRAIN pitch and demo events hosted across WNC.

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For Entrepreneurs

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and other investors across WNC
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with the BRAIN network


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Other sources of capital

BRAIN is just one of many great funding sources for Western North Carolina startups. BRAIN works closely with the Advantage Opportunity Fund, a loan fund for WNC seed stage companies, IMAF-West, a member-managed angel fund based in Asheville, and many other capital providers for WNC startups, which you can explore in eLaunch here.