We connect investors
in our communities
- #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
- Future Funding
- Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
$750M+ capital invested and 120+ startups launched
World-renowned faculty and community experts
Top students involved in startup research studies
Domestic and international investment deals
Access to financial firms for future funding rounds
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.
Online App and Pre-screening
Venture Advisory Board Review
Screening & Student Studies
Startup and Investor Engagement
InvestU Startup Pitch Day
Startup and Investor Engagement
InvestU Investment Decision
Mentorship & Follow-on Investing
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 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.
ASU Enterprise Partners CEO
ASU Senior VP & Secretary; ASU Alumni Association President & CEO
Thunderbird Director General and Dean
W. P. Carey Dean
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean
Ji Mi Choi
ASU Associate VP of Entrepreneurship + Innovation
ASU Enterprise Partners VP of Investments
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
Unique investment opportunities
Access to an online platform to manage your investments
Investor meetings and entrepreneurial events
Exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and resources at ASU
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.
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
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.
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.
An executive, board member, or investor affiliated with ASU or Thunderbird
Local, U.S. or international startups welcomed to apply
Raising $100K-$2M OR Seeking later-stage equity financing syndication with a current or new institutional lead investor
Transparent and Detailed Company
Characteristics in Five Key Areas:
- Team, Advisors, & Board of Directors
- Problem/Market Fit
- Product or Service
- Business Model, Distribution Plan, and Strategy