T-birds - we hope you all enjoyed the holidays and the new year is off to a great start! The Thunderbird School of Global Management and ASU Enterprise Partners would like to invite you to our first InvestU event of the year, InvestU Impact Investing Panel: Considerations for Investors & Founders, on Thursday, February 11th from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.


Through the viewpoints of investors, startup founders, and business leaders, we will dive into the topic of impact investing: what it is, potential considerations for investors/founders, and its growing role in venture investments amidst changing economic and social conditions. Impact investing and social impact have become increasingly prevalent topics among investors, from Angel Investors to Venture Capital and Private Equity firms looking to invest in companies shaping the future. Join us for this exciting event to discuss the different forms of impact investing and emerging trends in the space.






Gary Gibbons, Clinical Associate Professor of Finance – Thunderbird School of Global Management

Principal - The Coleridge Group



Malvika Bhagwat, Director of Outcomes and Efficacy –

Owl Ventures


Tyler Lyman, Founder & CEO – HALEE

Social Entrepreneur & Impact Investor


Karl Polen, Retired Chief Investment Officer –

Arizona State Retirement System


Duane Rollins, Vice President of Impact and Research –





Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Location: Virtual (Zoom link to be shared with those that RSVP)





The health and well-being of our community continues to be of utmost importance to us so this event will be held virtually, allowing participants from the ASU, Thunderbird, and Arizona community at large to join us regardless of where in the globe they may be located. This is also a great event for individuals that are not already part of the InvestU community so feel free to share this event with your networks and other investors that may be interested in joining!



InvestU Summary


  • Similar to “Shark Tank”, this initiative creates a space for more established startups affiliated with the university to pitch for $100,000 to $2 million in funding and mentorship from a network of experienced investors, executives and entrepreneurs. 



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