Best way to safely invest $XXXXX in new site/online venture?

Howdy y'all,

Right now, I run a few E-commerce sites and do consulting for clients. While I don't have time to start something new myself, I want to invest in the hustlers out there with the brains and drive to succeed in exchange for equity.

Q: How do I invest with strangers without getting ripped off?

For example, someone has a niche knows how to do dropshipping and ads but needs $2K to get going. I'd like to fund them in exchange for a % of their equity….

Best way to safely invest $XXXXX in new site/online venture?