The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) works closely with partner organizations in the region like the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) to build capacity for economic development opportunities.  SVIC’s mission is to accelerate innovation, creativity, and economic development across the Shenandoah Valley through the active collaboration of business, government, community, and academic organizations.  One of the main goals of SVIC is to improve access to capital for entrepreneurs throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  Through collaborative efforts with private sector leaders in the region, the Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors (SVAI) network formed in 2015.

Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors (SVAI) is a network of private investors that help fund entrepreneurial enterprises located in our communities. SVAI’s founding members have broad experience, spanning multiple market sectors, including: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Construction, Public Accounting, Outdoor Recreation, Legal, Senior Assisted Living, Insurance, Distribution and Logistics, Agriculture, Commercial Real Estate, Property Management, Government and Technology.  

SVAI’s primary interest is Start-Up/ Early Stage business ventures with funding needs in the range of $50,000 to $300,000 that leverage technology to create a new product or service. A review committee assesses and ranks business proposals based on several factors, including: market potential, scalability, new job creation, intellectual property, competition, management team, business acumen, capital intensity and potential return on an equity investment.  

SVAI’s members meet once a quarter to hear presentations by the top ranked business proposals and determine if they want to invest. The investment decision is solely up to each investor in the network.

 To learn more about SVAI, contact SVP or gwpace1@comcast.net.