Venture Asheville is searching to replace Josh Dorfman, who had been serving as executive director. Venture Asheville is a partnership of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, created to help connect entrepreneurs with guidance and capital. Two Venture Asheville programs Dorfman established since joining in 2014 are Elevate, a mentoring program, and Asheville Angels, which has invested over $1 million in over 20 startups so far. Dorfman is leaving to become CEO of The Collider, a not-for-profit coalition of entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers working to shape policy and industry with climate-friendly innovation. The collider hosts community events and conferences, like the recent ClimateCon, and its members include builders, growers and vendors of natural food, engineering firms, and advocates for cleaner transportation; as well as the Sierra Club and UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. As CEO, Dorfman wants to expand The Collider’s outreach to more businesses, support more entrepreneurs, and recruit more industry events to Asheville. Before joining Venture Asheville, Dorfman was CEO of green furniture retailer Vivavi, founder of The Lazy Environmentalist, and site leader of Vine.com.