Inviting private investors to become part of ASU’s ecosystem of discovery

The ASU Thunderbird Investor Network (ATIN) supports our entrepreneurial ecosystem by bringing together innovative startups with accredited investors. Our mission 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 our alumni network. As the nation’s largest public university, twice ranked first in innovation by U.S. News & World Report, we are uniquely positioned to connect affiliated startup companies with alumni network expertise to foster collaboration and further success.

ATIN is a dynamic group of accredited investors. Our members include alumni, faculty, donors, friends and members of the Phoenix startup community. Our investors seek early-stage companies that have the potential to grow rapidly.

ASU Thunderbird Investor Network in the news

Sharing the rewards of a culture of innovation

We are currently building out our network and investment pipeline for Fall of 2018. If are you are interested in becoming a member, learning more, or applying for investment, please contact Jeff Mindlin, jeffrey.mindlin@asu.edu or 480-965-0817.

Rick Shangraw, C E O of A S U Enterprise Partners

"The ASU Thunderbird Investor Network 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 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.”

Rick Shangraw, CEO, ASU Enterprise Partners

How it works


Building the network

Accredited investors include ASU and Thunderbird donors, alumni, alumni parents and grandparents, faculty, staff.


Establishing trust

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


Facilitating investment

Online ATIN Investment Platform connects investors with ASU-originated or -affiliated ventures.


For information on the ASU Thunderbird Investor Network, contact Jeff Mindlin, jeffrey.mindlin@asu.edu or 480-965-0817.