VentureSouth announces new leadership for Midlands groupSeptember 9, 2022
VentureSouth, one of the United States’ largest angel investment groups, is excited to announce new leadership for its Midlands group, which serves investors in Columbia, S.C., and surrounding areas. Effective September 1, 2022, VentureSouth Midlands will be under the direction of Austin Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes, both of Columbia, S.C.
Austin and Thomas, who are brothers, are partners in several businesses in the southeast. With their experience as angel investors and business owners, along with their years of involvement in local and state nonprofits, the Rhodes have earned a reputation as thought leaders on how to grow successfully, while keeping high moral and ethical standards at the forefront of every decision.
“We are big believers in the positive power business can bring to a household, community, and the entire nation,” said Austin Rhodes, “and are excited to expand the VentureSouth community here in the Midlands.
“Increasing entrepreneurs access to capital is critical to the long-term success of our community, state and nation,” said Thomas Rhodes.
“Thomas and Austin are the epitome of successful business leaders who operate with integrity, unending drive, and enthusiasm. They have been an integral part of the VentureSouth Midlands group for many years and fully understand the impact that a professionally curated early-stage investment organization can have on a local entrepreneurship ecosystem. Their willingness to take a more formal leadership role within the VentureSouth network will bring tangible energy to our organization,” said Charlie Banks, Managing Director for VentureSouth.
VentureSouth is an early-stage venture firm that provides capital and expertise to Southeastern startups through our angel investment network and funds. VentureSouth has grown to include more than 400 active investors, making us one of the largest angel investment groups in the United States – and we have been named a Top 10 angel group three times. To date, VentureSouth has invested over $60 million in more than 90 companies.