We connect investors
to entrepreneurs
in our communities

Where innovative minds meet

InvestU supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem forged at Arizona State University, bringing together affiliated startups with accredited investors. Linked to the #1 most innovative university and a top research institution, the network will give ASU and Thunderbird supporters unique access to investment opportunities and resources for startups that arise from our students, faculty and the more than half a million alumni around the world.

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  • #1 most innovative school in the U.S.
  • #1 masters in management
  • #1 for internationalism of alumni
  • Top 10 university for research*

*Among universities with no medical school

We're home to:

  • Domestic and International Network
  • Academic Expertise
  • Student Engagement
  • Investing
  • Future Funding
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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$750M+ capital invested and 120+ startups launched

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World-renowned faculty and community experts

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Top students involved in startup research studies

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Domestic and international investment deals

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Access to financial firms for future funding rounds

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Access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and resources at ASU

How it works

InvestU supports the global ASU and Thunderbird community with an investing platform that engages and leverages the power of the university’s robust network of world-renowned faculty, exceptional students and resources.

The university’s breadth of interdisciplinary students and expert faculty provides a valuable component of the network by helping with company studies.

Our Goals



Develop an additional funding source for university-related ventures



Build affinity with the network of investors and university-affiliated early-stage companies



Provide hands-on investment learning opportunities for students



Foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the university, community and globally



Become the most active investor network in the Southwest



Support economic development domestically and overseas

Our innovative team

We’re innovators, investors, academics, and an entrepreneurial community who support startups every step of the way. Our team draws from the Phoenix venture community as well as many dimensions of Arizona State University – from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and W. P. Carey School of Business to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Skysong Innovations and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management

Operations Team

Louise Hardman

ASU Enterprise Partners Director of Corporate Development at Investor Engagement

Executive Board


Dan Dillon

Chief Executive Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners

Christine Wilkinson

Christine Wilkinson

Senior VP and Secretary, ASU President and CEO, ASU Alumni Association

Sanjeev Khagram

Sanjeev Khagram

Thunderbird School of Global Management Director-General and Dean

Amy Hillman

Amy Hillman

W. P. Carey School of Business Dean

Kyle Squires

Kyle Squires

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean

Ji Mi Choi

Ji Mi Choi

ASU Associate VP, Entrepreneurship + Innovation


Nancy Gonzalez

Executive Vice President and University Provost, ASU

Venture Advisory Board

Gary Gibbons

Academic, Fund Manager, Venture Capital Investor

Jeff Mindlin

ASU Enterprise Partners CIO, ASU Sustainability in Investing Faculty, Former CIO of First Allied

Charlie Lewis

SkySong Innovations Senior VP of Venture Development, Former Partner of Two VCs

Satish Kholay

Serial entrepreneur, Designed Dell and NCR’s First Cache Motherboard

Jim Waldrop

Former Executive VP of Pulte Homes, Founder of HomeSphere, and CEO of Cathay Global Investments, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

Molly Iarocci

DCA Asset Management VP Investment Analytics

Robert Milligan

Healthcare Trust of America CFO

Rahul Poddar

Faculty, Angel Investor, Former Executive at Honeywell and UTC Aerospace Systems

Don Sechler

VP and Global Head of Partner Strategy and Analytics, Sony PlayStation, Former VP of Pantheon Ventures

Matt Pittinsky

CEO of Parchment, Co-Founder of Blackboard, Inc., Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Scott Peters

Healthcare Trust of America CEO

Lewis Rutherfurd

Academic, Founded First VC in China, Former Chairman of Hong Kong Venture Capital Association

Joe Sinsheimer

Angel Investor, Former Managing Director, Wolfpack Investor Network

Sandra Watson

President and CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority

Invest with us

If you’re interested in joining a group of experienced and diverse leaders who care about investing and supporting affiliated early-stage startups, we’d love for you to join our entrepreneurship ecosystem. These vetted startups are prepped, well studied, and ready to talk to you about their unique business opportunities.


Members of the community interested in investing in affiliated companies
An accredited investor

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Unique investment opportunities

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Access to an online platform to manage your investments

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Student engagement

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Investor meetings and entrepreneurial events

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Exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and resources at ASU

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Angel Capital Association membership, workshops, and events

Membership types and fees

InvestU Venture Club

$50,000 + for lifetime membership

Someone who wants to be a founding investor at InvestU. You get access to additional perks and the satisfaction of accelerating the program’s ambition to support university-affiliated companies at the most innovative university in the US.

Active Member

$1,000 annually

You’re passionate about entrepreneurship and investing in startups. You want to invest in innovative companies while surrounding yourself with like-minded investors who think about the future advancement of humanity while hoping for a return on investment too.

ASU President's Club

$500 annually

Reserved for members of the ASU Foundation President’s Club. Same benefits as an active member at half the cost for your dedication to supporting ASU. If you’re interested in learning more about the ASU Foundation President’s Club, please visit this link.

Member benefits

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Lifetime InvestU Membership*

Donations of $50K or more to the InvestU Venture Fund receive lifetime membership. This is limited to 40 seats.

Investing Ability

Ability to invest in InvestU startups

Pitch Events

Startups presenting their companies to InvestU

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Company Summary Information

Overview of the startups business model, solution, and metrics

Company Research Studies & Presentation Access

Detailed faculty and student-led company study detailing: team, product, market, strategy and distribution plan, and financial information

Investor Platform Access

Enables investors to view detailed company information and portfolio management

Livestream Access

Virtual stream and recording of startup pitches

Angel Capital Association Membership

National angel investing organization that hosts conferences, trainings, and provides resources to investors

InvestU Investor Training

Faculty or community-led training on entrepreneurship and investing

ASU Entrepreneurship Events

University-wide entrepreneurship-related events

InvestU Founding Member Plaque

Dated InvestU plaque will be hung at the future Thunderbird School of Global Business downtown campus for your contributions to supporting university-affiliated entrepreneurs

InvestU Guest Speakers

Prominent figures in the entrepreneurship community presenting on special topics, trends, and their experiences

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Social Mixers

Dinners, happy hours, or other social events to foster community within InvestU

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ASU Sporting Event Tailgate & Suite Events

Invitations to ASU President tailgates and a ticket to at least one suite at an ASU sporting event annually

Exclusive Donor Events

Invitation to university designated donor events

Student Career Event

Tabling event to present your company to our student teams for career opportunities

InvestU Memorabilia

Ongoing InvestU branded materials

$50,000 or more*$1,000 annually$500 annually

Supporting venture success

We’re more than just a traditional angel network, we're invested in the success of your business every step of the way

There are a few things we’re looking for in our startups. Your company needs to have a tie to ASU or Thunderbird School of Global Management. Companies should also be at a more mature stage — currently generating revenue.

InvestU will be funding companies seeking to raise between $100K-$2M. The minimum check size from an investor is typically $25K. If you are seeking for InvestU to syndicate with your current or new institutional lead investor, you are also encouraged to apply. If you think you fit our criteria below, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to us at InvestU@asu.edu with any questions you may have.

Startup Criteria

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An executive, board member, or investor affiliated with ASU or Thunderbird

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Local, U.S. or international startups welcomed to apply

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Venture is currently revenue generating

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Raising $100K-$2M OR Seeking later-stage equity financing syndication with a current or new institutional lead investor

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Characteristics in Five Key Areas:

  • Team, Advisors, & Board of Directors
  • Problem/Market Fit
  • Product or Service
  • Business Model, Distribution Plan, and Strategy
  • Financials

Hello! We'd like to hear from you!

At ASU+Thunderbird, we like to keep our relationships personal. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at InvestU@asu.edu with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!