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The Angel Capital Group network brings Angel investors and entrepreneurs together in an environment that celebrates innovation, rewards strategic risk-taking, and promotes performance.
When our founder Rachael Qualls started Angel Capital Group in 2007, the mission was simple: offer the best suite of services to Angel investors and create an environment that incentivizes true portfolio diversification. Through membership in Angel Capital Group, once solitary Angels would have access to the best deals (regardless of location or industry) without the pressure to fund the entire deal on their own. With other Angels participating in each opportunity, each individual could spread their chips thinly across a wide variety of deals. It is this truly optimized diversification approach that achieves the 20+% returns professional Angel investors have historically enjoyed.
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
Established in 1773, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is distinguished as the first municipal Chamber of Commerce in the United States and the longest continually operating business membership association. As the collective voice of the region’s business community, the Chamber is committed to strengthening the Charleston metro area’s economic prosperity for today’s and tomorrow’s businesses, individuals and their families.
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is a professional economic development organization representing Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.
With a large and growing network of business, academic and governmental partners, we directly assist companies with competitive location or expansion projects by connecting them with the right people, the appropriate resources and the most meaningful and relevant information.
Charleston Angel Partners (CHAP) is a member-driven organization composed of Charleston area business professionals who work together to help support high growth economic development in the region. We screen and evaluate qualified start-up businesses seeking seed capital. Membership is open to area men and women who are qualified individual investors, and who have business or professional experience which can be employed in the group's research.
The Digital Corridor, a public-private partnership, was launched in 2001 as a part of the City of Charleston's overall economic development strategy to build a diverse, leading 21st century community. Our mission is to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy. This goal is accomplished through a combination of targeted initiatives and business incentives, while leveraging Charleston's renowned livability. The CDC is focused on creating the business, education and social environment that is attractive to knowledge-based companies. Then, the CDC leverages its carefully nurtured relationships, program elements, legislative access, and contacts, to assist companies with integrating them into community. This integration is accomplished through four pillars - COMMUNITY, TALENT, SPACES & CAPITAL.
Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.
Our vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities. In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas — education and entrepreneurship — which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum.
A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society.
The venture capital industry drives U.S. job creation and economic growth by helping entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas and scientific advances into products and services that change the way we live and work. Venture capitalists do this by providing the funding and guidance — and by assuming the risks — necessary for building high-growth companies capable of bringing these innovations to the marketplace.
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
Our chapter has been supporting the Charleston, SC Metro Area since 1972. We have over 30 active mentors with skills and experience in diverse business areas. Many of our volunteer members are still operating their own businesses. Member backgrounds include retail, manufacturing, distribution, finance, human resources, insurance, transportation, legal, engineering, and marketing, all representing many different industries.
Advancing the life science industry in South Carolina SCBIO is a member organization that exists to support and advance South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, and support for business operations. Our goal is to ensure that South Carolina’s companies, research institutions, and citizens reap the economic and societal benefits of a world-class life sciences cluster. More than 572 companies and institutions employ 13,520 people with an average annual wage of $53, 275 in South Carolina. Life science businesses and institutions impact 46,032 jobs, according to a 2010 study by the Battelle Institute. Biotechnology represents the fast-growing sector of the innovation economy. State inventors earned 357 life science patents over the last six years.
South Carolina Business One Stop is South Carolina’s portal for businesses to conduct transactions with the state. Founded in 2005, SCBOS was formed by a dedicated core of state agencies looking to provide businesses with a one stop, one payment portal for business-to-government transactions.
The Executive Steering Committee provides overall guidance and direction to the SCBOS team. A working Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss operations and technical details. Two ancillary groups complete the SCBOS network: the SCBOS Main User Group which is comprised of partner agencies and organizations and the SCBOS Marketing Group comprised of marketing and communication people from partner agencies and organizations.
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of business and premier advocacy organization in the state. The South Carolina Chamber creates prosperity for all citizens through an economy of increased productivity and global competitiveness.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce promotes economic opportunity for individuals and businesses. From assisting with the location of new sites and buildings, offering grants for community development and infrastructure improvement, to providing workforce training, the Department of Commerce is here to help new and existing businesses grow. As a national leader in direct foreign investment, the state extends its global reach with offices in Europe and Asia that help existing companies in developing export markets.
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.
The Upstate Carolina Angel Network, LLC (UCAN) is a group of accredited investors located in Upstate South Carolina who invest in and support start-up and early-stage, high-growth businesses in the Southeastern United States. Our members possess a broad array of business experiences and skills they bring to bear in helping to screen and evaluate potential portfolio companies. They also serve as a valuable resource for guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and their businesses once an investment is made. UCAN is not an investment fund, but rather, a network of investors who make individual investment decisions after working together to evaluate candidate companies.