Invest and become part of ASU’s ecosystem of discovery

Newly created InvestU supports ASU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, bringing together startups with accredited investors. 

The mission of InvestU is to support the global ASU and Thunderbird community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund that engages and leverages the power of the university's robust network of half a million alumni around the world. As the nation’s largest public university, and ranked No. 1 “Most Innovative School” in the country by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is uniquely positioned to connect affiliated startup companies with the expertise of its alumni network to foster collaboration and further success.

InvestU is a dynamic group of accredited investors seeking early-stage companies that show the potential to grow rapidly. These vetted startups are prepped, well-studied and ready to talk to you about their unique business opportunities.

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Sharing the rewards of a culture of innovation

If you’re interested in joining a group of experienced and diverse leaders who care about investing and supporting affiliated early-stage startups, visit to learn more and become a member.


“InvestU brings together researchers, alumni, investors, the ASU Foundation and ASU Enterprise Partners to advance ideas incubated by the university’s energy and encouragement. We see those ideas taking shape every day at ASU, and we watch as their creators prepare to become leaders in their fields. 

As these young inventors and innovators will tell you, their time in ASU’s ecosystem of discovery has thoroughly prepared them for success outside the university. We’re delighted to make the benefits of their entrepreneurship available to the ASU community through the ASU + Thunderbird Investor Network.”

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., CEO, ASU Enterprise Partners

How it works

Building the network

Accredited investors include ASU and Thunderbird donors, alumni, alumni parents and grandparents, faculty, staff and members of the community.

Establishing trust

ASU Enterprise Partners provides the operating team, advisory board and Fund Investment Committee. Students from ASU’s nationally ranked W. P. Carey School of Business and Thunderbird School of Global Management assist in the evaluation of companies.

Facilitating investment

The InvestU investment platform connects investors with ASU-originated or affiliated ventures.