Become a Startup Scout
Arizona State University

Discover the dynamic world of startups by becoming a VC Startup Scout! Acquire invaluable networking opportunities and industry insights, as you evaluate promising ventures. Join us and seize this unique learning opportunity!


Arizona State University (ASU) has fostered a significant startup and venture capital ecosystem. Through inclusive initiatives such as Venture Devils and the ASU Innovation Open, the university supports student entrepreneurs with mentorship, funding opportunities, and workspace resources.

Success stories include Picmonic and Hüify. Picmonic, an education technology startup founded by ASU alumnus Ron Robertson, offers an audiovisual learning platform that helps students memorize difficult concepts. The venture has raised approximately $5 million in funding. Hüify, a digital marketing agency founded by ASU alum Josh Harcus, was acquired by global firm ServiceSource in 2017.

The university's commitment to innovation is further exemplified by its Skysong Innovations wing, a technology transfer organization that commercializes faculty research for societal benefit. Since its establishment in 2003, the group has launched over 120 startups, which collectively have raised more than $600 million in external funding.

Additionally, several important investment players are ASU alumni. For instance, Elie Finegold, an ASU alumnus, is a recognized venture capital and real estate investor who served as the Global Head of Innovation and Business Intelligence for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services company in the world.

ASU also implements students’ exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation as an institutional priority. This is demonstrated by the introduction of entrepreneurship-focused degree programs and the creation of the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute that provides support for entrepreneurship across the university and for all students, irrespective of their major.

Therefore, through its various initiatives and alumni successes, Arizona State University has established itself as a vibrant player in the startup and venture capital ecosystem.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Investors, join us to receive dealflow opportunities from the innovative individuals, startups, and innovations coming out of Arizona State University. Be the first to discover the next big thing!

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Event Organiser

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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