A membership rooted in collective growth and individual investment since 2004

At the core of our membership is the idea that we can all achieve greater success through collaboration without losing the choice of individual investment.

Support openly

Advise founders in their journey with expertise gathered over years of hard work.

Invest freely

Each member has the freedom to invest only in companies they personally believe in.

Grow Collaboratively

Network with other members under the same ideals to learn and grow as investors.

About our members

CAPS provides members with a hands-on opportunity to invest in, and guide, early-stage companies. Our members include over 60 C-level executives and company founders (both active and retired) who have helped build South Carolina and the American economic engine. They have expertise in every area of business, from technology to operations to finance, and across a diverse range of industries from Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Software, and Private Equity. At CAPS we leverage their insights to help us evaluate potential investments – and provide ongoing support and guidance for our portfolio companies.

To join CAPS as a member you must be an accredited investor according to SEC rules Given the risky nature of Angel investing, not only is this a legal requirement but something that any prospective member must fully appreciate.

Investment process

Step 1


The screening group conducts an initial review of all the applications we receive with the goal to bring in companies that are prepared to successfully pitch our members.

Step 2


Companies come to pitch to Charleston Angel Partners’ monthly meeting where members can ask questions to the founders.

Step 3

Due Diligence

Once the membership agrees to collectively move forward with a company, a due diligence team is put together with members that know the industry.

Step 4

Term Sheet Negotiation and Investments

The DD team presents it’s findings, and members then are equipped with the information to decide if they want to individually invest in a company.

Become a Member

Our Selection Criteria


The right team is in place with past experiences giving them the knowledge to push into your market.


Defined target audience with a real problem your product solves for them.


Have a strong approach to growth revenue with a plan on how you’re going to get there.


Business model stands out against competitors in the same industry and has great potential for scale.


Company is valuated at a reasonable price and gives opportunity for investors to grow as well.

Upcoming events

2nd Week of Every Month - 5:30 ET

Monthly Member Meetings

Each month, our members meet to learn more about those companies selected by our internal Screening Panel and to network with each other. These meetings occur in "hybrid" mode using both in-person dinner meeting format with a concurrent Zoom meeting. Contact Will Cruz, Executive Director, or Diane Szoke, Operations Director to become a member of CHAPS, or to learn more about our monthly meetings.

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