The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund was established in 2018 by IU Ventures and the IU Foundation to help achieve one of Indiana University’s Bicentennial Priorities, Building a Prosperous and Innovative Indiana. Managed by IU Ventures, the fund aims to bridge the gap in startup funding by making equity investments in high-potential early-stage companies with IU affiliations.
IU has committed $11 million to the fund, with the goal of growing the fund to $50 million through donations from alumni and supporters of the University. The proceeds from successful investments will be returned to the fund, where they will be used to support more new companies.
Your donation benefits current and future IU entrepreneurs.
Your donation supports IU student, faculty, and alumni innovation.
Your donation creates opportunity for early stage companies.
We put your gift to work for IU.
Your gift will be invested into high potential, early stage startups at the discretion of the IU Ventures operating team and an experienced investment committee.
Your donation ultimately fuels success.
Portfolio companies with successful exit events or any other equity realizations will go back into the fund for reinvestment in more early stage startups. It is a gift that keeps on giving!
We’ll keep you updated on all of our progress.
You will receive periodic updates about investments made by the fund and progress updates on portfolio companies.
Connect with the IU network.
You will be invited to attend our Annual Meeting each spring, as well as other networking events to connect with other alums and friends of IU.
As a donor, you’ll have opportunities to connect with IU startups.
When you become a donor, you’ll secure an invitation to our annual meeting.
Invitation to networking events throughout the year.
Access to exclusive updates about the progress of the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund.
We will provide you with the documentation to ensure that your gift is tax-deductible.
Shape our next century and earn a 2020 IU Bicentennial Campaign credit.
Return on investments are rolled back into the fund to invest in future IU startup companies, so your gift keeps on giving.
Since the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund was created in March of 2018, the IU Ventures team has reviewed over 500 companies with strong connection to IU.
Of those 500 opportunities, 41 companies were recommended to present their investment case to the Fund’s Investment Committee who volunteer their time and deep experience to assure good investment decisions.
Of the 41 companies that presented to the Funds’ Investment Committee, 25 of them received an investment from the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund.
The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund invested $9.9M in 25 companies. Those 25 companies raised a total of over $300M in syndicated rounds with our fund from other investors.
Since the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund was created in March of 2018, the IU Ventures team has reviewed 400 companies with strong connection to IU.
Of those 400 opportunities, 34 companies were recommended to present their investment case to the Fund’s Investment Committee who volunteer their time and deep experience to assure good investment decisions.
Of the 34 companies that presented to the Funds’ Investment Committee, 19 of them received an investment from the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund.
The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund invested $8.25M in 19 companies. Those 19 companies raised a total of $140M in syndicated rounds with our fund from other investors.
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