SHC's mission is to create more high-tech (high-paying) jobs and more growth investment opportunities for the residents of the high country. We're doing this by investing time, expertise, fresh ideas and money into existing and new startups. 


We're a team of entrepreneurs, coders, investors and technology professionals that have a passion for high-tech and our community. By connecting both, we'll change the economic trajectory of the high country.


We make investments of time and money in exchange for small stakes in the companies we serve. All of the companies and entrepreneurs we work with get guidance from seasoned technology professionals and proven entrepreneurs. 

Ideas are cheap and execution is hard - that's where we come in. We help with product and go-to-market strategies, making introductions to investors, avoiding the hassles of building a company for the first time and the legal pitfalls and delays caused by not structuring correctly. 


Our philosophy is simple - Empower entrepreneurs to do what they do best - Build, Lead and Inspire. 


James Bance

James co-founded his first tech company and moved to the Silicon Valley (via Wisconsin) at age 21. His career has spanned over 18 years with a focus on technology and investments. He's held marketing/sales leadership and strategic partnership roles at Oath, Bazaarvoice (IPO in 2012), Adometry (acquired by Google 2014), Civitas Learning and John Hancock. James, along with his wife and 2 children, have been living full-time in the High Country for the past 5 years.

Sam Glover

Sam is an entrepreneur and growth hacker who attended UNC Chapel Hill. Over the past 6 years he has worked with several NC based startups, helping them define and measure core metrics and acquire more customers. He recently launched and sold his first company, Zip-Services; a technology platform aimed at disrupting the laundry and linen business. He currently is VP of Operations for Shoeboxed, Inc. He lives in the Boone area with his wife and dog.

Jeffery Scott

Jeffrey Scott - Long-time High Country resident, big thinker, conservationist, lover of the outdoors, digital nomad and bourbon connoisseur. 






Chris Grasinger

Chris serves as the Executive Director of High Country Local First and Ascent Business Network - not for profit organizations that provide entrepreneurial support to existing and prospective business owners.  He also serves as the CEO of Center 45 Climbing and Fitness in Boone, NC. Chris specializes in start up task management, facilitating operating agreements, and securing capital.





164 Depot St. 
Boone, NC 28607

Office (828) 278-9306

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We're excited that you are interested in
Startup High Country!