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 and co-investment fund 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

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Develop

Develop an additional funding source for university-related ventures

02

Build

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

03

Provide

Provide hands-on investment learning opportunities for students

04

Foster

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

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Become

Become the most active investor network in the Southwest

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Support

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 the university from Thunderbird to W. P. Carey School of Business to the IRA Fulton Schools of Engineering as well as Skysong Innovations and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management

Executive Board

Rick Shangraw

Rick Shangraw

ASU Enterprise Partners CEO

Christine Wilkinson

Christine Wilkinson

ASU Senior VP & Secretary; ASU Alumni Association President & CEO

Sanjeev Khagram

Sanjeev Khagram

Thunderbird Director General and Dean

Amy Hillman

Amy Hillman

W. P. Carey Dean

Kyle Squires

Kyle Squires

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean

Ji Mi Choi

Ji Mi Choi

ASU Associate VP of Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Jeff Mindlin

Jeff Mindlin

ASU Enterprise Partners VP of Investments

Venture Advisory Board & Ops

Gary Gibbons

Gary Gibbon

Thunderbird Advisor

Jeff Mindlin

Jeff Mindlin

ASU Advisor

Charlie Lewis

Charlie Lewis

Startup Advisor

Satish Kholay

Satish Kholay

Senior Advisor

Jim Waldrop

Jim Waldrop

Senior Advisor

Robby Choueiri

Robby Choueiri

Ops Lead

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.

Criteria

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

InvestU Venture ClubActive MemberASU President's Club
Lifetime InvestU Membership*

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

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Investing Ability

Ability to invest in InvestU startups

YesYesYes
Pitch Events

Startups presenting their companies to InvestU

Yes+ Two GuestsYes+ One GuestYes+ One Guest
Company Summary Information

Overview of the startups business model, solution, and metrics

YesYesYes
Company Research Studies & Presentation Access

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

YesYesYes
Investor Platform Access

Enables investors to view detailed company information and portfolio management

YesYesYes
Livestream Access

Virtual stream and recording of startup pitches

YesYesYes
Angel Capital Association Membership

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

YesYesYes
InvestU Investor Training

Faculty or community-led training on entrepreneurship and investing

YesYesYes
ASU Entrepreneurship Events

University-wide entrepreneurship-related events

YesYesYes
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

Yes
InvestU Guest Speakers

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

Yes+ Two GuestsYes+ One GuestYes+ One Guest
Social Mixers

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

Yes+ One GuestYesYes
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

Yes
Exclusive Donor Events

Invitation to university designated donor events

Yes
Student Career Event

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

YesYesYes
InvestU Memorabilia

Ongoing InvestU branded materials

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

For entrepreneurs

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 — at or near revenue generation.

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 Robby Choueiri at RC1@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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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 Robby Choueiri, our Ventures & Investments Associate Director at RC1@asu.edu with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!