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Who We Are

CAN Named Among Most Active Angel Groups in U.S. and in the Southeast Region

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What We Do

The Charlottesville Angel Network believes a thriving entrepreneurial culture can be built in Charlottesville. The city has strong innovation, talent and available capital.

We invest to foster a business environment where entrepreneurs grow, thrive and enrich the community. We strive to educate investors and entrepreneurs, and to cultivate and attract new business ideas. With our investment, more companies stay local or join the community. For Charlottesville, that means a more dynamic business environment, new jobs, and a richer community.

CAN members meet monthly to invest as a group in early-stage companies. We raise investment capital on a deal-by-deal basis. When there is enough interest from our members, we create a sole-purpose LLC as an investment vehicle and write a group check from one entity.

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How We Fund

CAN invests in seed, angel, and friends & family rounds in promising startups raising less than $5MM. We typically invest $100K – $300K in a round and frequently partner with co-investors on Series A and B rounds.

As with our members’ backgrounds, our investment and industry interests vary widely. Our investment portfolio includes: SAAS, digital healthcare, biotech, consumer products, clean energy, Ed Tech, and more.

We have a soft-spot for Virginia-based companies, over half of our investments are in Virginia, but we are open to great startups wherever they may be. We seek to build strong relationships with the startups we fund, often before we even fund them. We value those relationships more than proximity.

We, as a group and individually, collaborate with numerous other angel groups and funding sources to find the best startups. We also work to champion our investments with our network.

How Does CAN Select Deals?

Our screening committee, comprised of our members, meets monthly to review applications and selects 3 companies to present to CAN members each month.

How to Apply to CAN for Funding:

CAN uses an online angel group platform called, which entrepreneurs use to apply to CAN for funding. Entrepreneurs can create a company profile on and submit it to CAN and other angel groups.

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Industry Partners:

  • Batten Institute
  • Lenhart Pettit Attorneys at Law
  • Hantzmon Wiebel LLP
  • Blue Ridge Bank
  • The AV Company
Charlottesville Angel Network
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To apply for funding, please complete an application via Gust. We do not review applications outside of Gust.

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To be eligible for membership in the Charlottesville Angel Network, you must be an accredited investor (per the criteria below). For more information on accreditation click here.