We connect investors
in our communities
ASU InvestU is a premier angel investor network that advances ASU's global entrepreneurial ecosystem, bringing research and technology to market and empowering our student, alumni, and faculty entrepreneurs to succeed.
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
Robust deal flow from the most innovative university
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.
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
Membership fees are charitable contributions made to ASU Enterprise Partners in support of Arizona State University’s global entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Whether you are an early-stage fund, venture studio, VC, or family office an InvestU membership provides institutional investors with the earliest access to robust deal flow emanating from the country’s most innovative university. Our team will understand your investment preferences and help you identify, vet, and connect with the most promising ventures and technologies, plus you will gain access to our network of investors for syndicating deals.
You’re an accredited investor who is passionate about entrepreneurship and actively investing in startups. As an InvestU member, you will have access to curated deal flow, unique engagement opportunities, and a network of like-minded investors to support your investing goals. Whatever your level of investment experience, our team is here to help you navigate each step of the early stage investing process.
Virtual Alumni Investor
If you are an ASU or Thunderbird alumni living outside of Arizona, we are pleased to offer special pricing for virtual access to the same curated deal flow and investor resources provided for Individual Investors. You can join pitch events live via Zoom and participate in the investment process from anywhere in the world. Accredited investor status is required.
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
InvestU provides a platform to connect affiliated ventures with the capital, connections, and resources needed to accelerate growth. To participate, your company should have a tie to ASU or Thunderbird, be in early revenue or near commercialization, and be raising early-stage equity capital. In addition to pitch events, our curated resource guide connects companies with mentors, accelerators, professional service providers, business connections, facilities, and more.
We invite companies from all sectors and geographies to apply and look for excellent management teams and innovative solutions that have the potential to transform sectors. The minimum check size from an investor is typically $25K. 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.
✓ ASU or Thunderbird affiliation
✓ Raising Seed or pre–Series A equity capital of $200,000 to $2 million or syndicating later–stage equity financings with an existing or new lead investor
✓ Fully formed, full–time management team
✓ Early commercial revenue or strong record of grant funding to validate technology
✓ Large addressable market
✓ Demonstrated product/market fit
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
Experienced venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Senior Director for Thunderbird’s Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Family Business
ASU Enterprise Partners CIO, ASU Sustainability in Investing Faculty, Former CIO of First Allied
SkySong Innovations Senior VP of Venture Development, Former Partner of Two VCs
RealmSpark Student Fellow
RealmSpark Student Fellow