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Driven by passion, led by expertise

Our Founders

Our founders combine highly complementary skills from widely diverse backgrounds. We have been engineers, builders, entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, board members, and educators. We share a collective passion for fostering the success of early-stage ventures in the Southeast.

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Matt Dunbar

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Charlie Banks

Charlie Banks

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Paul Clark

Paul Clark

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Operations Team

We count on our fantastic operations team to keep all our ducks in a row. As the front line folks who keep up with our investors, pipeline, portfolio, logistics and marketing, these friendly faces keep VentureSouth flying in formation.

Alex Biermann

Alex Biermann

Portfolio Associate
Caroline Efrid

Caroline Efird

Controller
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Dawson Racek

Venture Analyst
Devon Smith

Devon Smith

Marketing Coordinator
Mallory Lucas

Mallory Lucas

Director of Investor Relations
Molly Vinkler

Molly Vinkler

Pipeline Associate
Samantha Efird

Samantha Efird

Operations Director