“Recently a few angel investors assembled to create the Country Roads Angel Network (CRAN) as part of the WV Hive to address the gap in access to capital in West Virginia to provide support to early-stage innovation-based companies.
CRAN will support all 55 counties in West Virginia, but many more investors are needed to fully support the thriving entrepreneurs with new start-ups.
Ansted native Kevin Combs, co-founder and chairman of CRAN, was the catalyst for our initial success and a great example of a West Virginia native giving back. He lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia, but finds the time to finance and mentor businesses in his home state.
The addition of other investors to boost West Virginia’s small business start-ups will guide our growth and diversify the state’s economy.”