Supporting entrepreneurs in West Virginia, the Country Roads Angel Network provides accredited investors the opportunity to invest in and, where beneficial, mentor West Virginia based start-ups, with a strong affinity for those located in southern West Virginia.  The network’s purpose is to provide opportunities for investors to create financial returns, while providing a much needed, missing piece of the entrepreneurial financing ecosystem in West Virginia.

While CRAN is industry agnostic, below are popular sectors thriving in West Virginia


Consumer Goods


Life Sciences








Experienced West Virginia Entrepreneurs

We have accomplished mountaineer investors from a variety of backgrounds. Our team has successfully lead both established companies and startups in countless industries and markets.

The Country Roads Angel Network is a member of the Angel Capital Association. This professional association of active accredited investors provides unparalleled access to trending ideas and professional knowledge to help improve returns and promote effective public policies for angels and startups. Although not a funding source, ACA provides entrepreneurs an inside view into how angels think. Click on the image to learn more about the ACA.

How We Fund

CRAN assesses each opportunity presented on a case-by-case basis. The network functions as a choice of participation by individual investors/individual opportunity rather than a fund or required investment.

The network works with the WV Hive to screen, evaluate and mentor start-up investments with the intention of diversifying the economic base of West Virginia, with an emphasis on southern West Virginia.


Looking for our Next Investment!

CRAN operates in partnership with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority and the WV Hive, who provide administration support from offices in Beckley, West Virginia. The WV Hive connects entrepreneurs with resources and expertise they need to grow successful companies in southern West Virginia.


Exciting Update - July 21, 2019: New River Gorge Regional Development Authority EDA Grantee, Lead Support Sponsor Of Country Roads Angel Network

On Tuesday, July 21, the NRGRDA was announced by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program – Seed Fund Support grantee. The NRGRDA along with One Foundation will act as lead support sponsors for CRAN. “As a kid who grew up in Ansted WV, graduated from WVU and has lived in Elkins and Daniels, I couldn’t be more excited to play a role in helping the NRGDA and the Hive bring much needed startup and seed fund dollars to the fast growing entrepreneurial community forming throughout WV” CRAN Chairman Kevin Combs remarked. “I’m looking forward to working with the growing entrepreneurial infrastructure throughout the state along with current, former, and future West Virginians to make WV a place where entrepreneurs can thrive.“ For more information about this partnership, please click here!

Interested in learning more about the Country Roads Angel Network? Want to inquire about joining as an investor or applying for funding? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon!

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