Test Drive Asheville

Test Drive AshevilleStart your engines, Test Drive is here

Are you in the startup phase of your business and searching to get in front of as many customers as possible? Do you have a product or service ready to sell but not enough data to determine if your goods are market-ready?  Welcome to Test Drive, where pre-revenue and startup entrepreneurs can sample, market and sell their merchandise at the region’s most well-attended events in Asheville. The City of Asheville, festival producers, and Mountain BizWorks have joined forces to give new businesses the opportunity to gain valuable market feedback and turbocharge your startup under the Test Drive tent.

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Interested in testing out your new business idea in the Test Drive tent? Click here to learn more about how you can take advantage of this great opportunity!

Upcoming Test Drive Prep Workshops

If you meet all of the above requirements and are excited to hop in the driver’s seat, the next steps are to register and attend one of our 2 Test Drive Prep Workshops. 

The session will cover festival logistics, how to effectively gather market feedback, crafting your exhibitor experience, and festival marketing. After the completion of this session, you’ll receive an application to pursue applying for a seat in our 2019 Test Drive cohort. We will select 10-15 start ups to participate and have access to 1:1 coaching and festival spaces.

We will only offer 2 prep workshops, so RSVP today!

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Find the Test Drive tent at great local festivals and events all year long!

Search for the green Test Drive tent at the next downtown Asheville festival you go to and show your love for local business by posting your photos and purchases using #testdriveavl.

Why Test Drive? The goal of the Test Drive program is to promote a vibrant local business ecosystem within Asheville, by giving new entrepreneurs, especially those with limited means, the opportunity to further develop and enhance their business ideas in a microcosm of Asheville’s dynamic marketplace. 

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