We connect investors
in our communities
InvestU is a premier angel investment network that leverages Arizona State University’s vast network of resources to create unparalleled value for entrepreneurs, investors, and the university.
Connect ASU-affiliated entrepreneurs with capital and resources that accelerate their growth
Engage a diverse network of investors, innovators, and advisors through unique programming and thoughtful connections
Invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs through best-in-class learning experiences and access to deals
- #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 community with an investing platform and process that leverages the power of the university’s robust network of world-renowned faculty, exceptional students and innovative resources. Curated deal flow, detailed investment reports, and quarterly pitch events enable investors to make informed decisions in a timely manner. Plus, InvestU companies enjoy access to a community of investors, mentors, and advisors that support their growth well beyond pitch day.
InvestU sources the most innovative companies from ASU’s global ecosystem of alumni, faculty, and programs
Deal Review Meeting
Semifinalists pitch to the Deal Review Committee, a group of experienced members who selects three finalists
Company research studies are led by graduate students and experienced investors on the Diligence Committee
InvestU Pitch Event
InvestU hosts four pitch events per year to connect finalist companies with our network of investors and partners
Interested investors can participate in group diligence calls to dig deeper before making an individual investment decision
Support & Follow-on
InvestU companies enjoy access to our curated network of investors, advisors, and ASU resources throughout their growth cycle
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
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
Student and founder engagement
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 lifelong investor at InvestU and support the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors from ASU. Your generous upfront commitment will accelerate the program’s goals and amplify the impact of ASU’s global entrepreneurial ecosystem.
You’re passionate about entrepreneurship and investing in startups. As an active InvestU member, you will have access to curated deal flow, unique engagement opportunities, and a network of innovative entrepreneurs and investors.
Discounted membership is offered to active participants on an ASU Foundation board, including President’s Club, Women & Philanthropy, or the Next Generation Council for your dedication to supporting ASU. If you are interested in learning more about the ASU Foundation, please visit this link.
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@asuep.org 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
Venture is currently revenue generating
Raising $100K-$2M OR Seeking later-stage equity financing syndication with a current or new institutional lead investor
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.
InvestU is a strategic initiative of RealmSpark, a business unit of ASU Enterprise Partners that serves as an umbrella for strategic venture investment and support. The operations team includes a full-time director and supporting staff who provide the following services for the InvestU network: sourcing and screening proprietary deal flow, facilitating the diligence and investment process, managing events and other network operations, and making thoughtful introductions across our community of innovators, investors, and partners.
Director, RealmSpark & Investor Engagement, ASU Enterprise Partners
Managing Director, RealmSpark, ASU Enterprise Partners
Special Projects Coordinator, ASU Enterprise Partners
Rodrigo Malucelli Favorito
RealmSpark Student Fellow
RealmSpark Student Fellow