We believe in fair deals and good mentoring. Our goal is to bring angel investing to the Grand Strand market with a legitimate due diligence process to assist members in making the best investment decisions in emerging technology-based, local companies.  Our region is growing and we need to create a robust start-up ecosystem that will allow our local economy to diversify.  Our mission is as follows:

  • To bring together as members a group of active pre-seed and seed stage investors.
  • To identify and vet promising early-stage companies in which its members can invest.
  • To support and foster economic development and job creation in the broader Grand Strand market.
  • To become a substantive member of the startup eco-system by supporting the growth of entrepreneurial activity in the region.
  • To provide educational opportunities to its members such that they make prudent considered investment decisions.

Our region is growing and we need to create a robust start-up ecosystem that will allow our local economy to diversify. This can be accomplished by adding scalable technology companies that will provide high paying jobs for local graduates as well as newcomers moving to the Grand Strand area of South Carolina. Our goal is for GSAN to become a key component of this new entrepreneurial ecosystem.




Area Population Growth Since 2010 (U.S. Census 2020) 


Tax Incentives

South Carolina has many tax incentives for businesses (SC Dept of Commerce)


Success Rate

Nearly 80% of SC start-ups survive, which is higher than the national average (Chamberofcommerce.org)


Metro Growth

Myrtle Beach is the #2 fastest growing metro in the US and a geographical hub for interantional business (mbredc.org)
  • I am enthusiastic about leading the establishment of the Grand Strand Angel Network and become an integral element of the growing Grand Strand entrepreneurial eco-system. We are ready to go and excited about building a group of like-minded angel investors that want to  play an active role in helping new companies gain traction and grow.
    Gary Hayes
    Executive Director, GSAN
  • The Grand Strand Angel Network is a vital component to creating a thriving entrepreneur ecosystem in Myrtle Beach. When angel investors put time, money and energy into the success of local startups, they become the driving force for not only the success of the founders, but the  growth of our local economy and the prosperity of our community.
    Barb Royal
    Executive Director, eMYRge