Elite Engineers Fund

Smart, Simple Venture Investing in Companies Led by Elite Engineers


What Is the Elite Engineers Fund?

The smartest, simplest way for investors to own a portfolio of deals linked to graduates of elite engineering programs. You just…

  • Define your budget: investment minimum of $50K
  • Sign one set of paperwork
  • Write one check
  • You will automatically invest in deals from other Alumni Ventures Group funds that meet our fund criteria

Follow the Fund

“My portfolio is in good shape: I had stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and even some real estate investments.  But I had a big hole when it came to venture investing. Through a classmate, I learned about AVG’s approach, and it just made sense. It feels good to know that I’ve got this part of my portfolio covered too.”

Fund Investor

“I had a large nest egg in my retirement account. AVG was the perfect investment vehicle to do something new, alternative, and to further diversify my personal portfolio. I also appreciate the secure online investor portal that provides me with interesting details and news on the companies which I’m invested in.”

Fund Investor

Why Invest in Venture Capital?

Consistently Strong Returns

Benefits of Venture Investing

Your chance to invest like an insider in game-changing innovation.

Participate in huge value creation pre-IPO and pre-acquisition.

Higher quality investment opportunities than angel investing or going it alone.

VC is not tied to the stock market, offering diversification during a downturn.

Invest directly in your interests: seed-stage startups, social impact, women entrepreneurs and more.

 


Why Invest in the Elite Engineers Fund?

Elite engineers have founded or run companies that today have a market capitalization in the trillions of dollars. The AVG Elite Engineers Fund invests in venture deals founded, led, or managed by alumni from top engineering schools such as Caltech, MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, and Texas A&M. To construct the Fund’s portfolio, we draw from the tremendous deal flow generated by AVG’s network of funds—which rigorously source and vet deals across a number of criteria—and select only those led by alumni of top engineering schools. We also benefit from network effects – a community of top engineers referring deals provides more access than any of us have alone. In approximately a year’s time, you’ll own a portfolio of 20-30 deals diversified across sector, stage, and geography, all backed by leading venture firms with expertise in the industry.


Investment Strategy

Smart, Simple Venture Investing

Large, Diverse Portfolio

Currently, about 10-15% of AVG deals meet the criteria of our Elite Engineer’s Fund. This is a large number of deals (20-30 per year), so it offers excellent portfolio diversification across sector, stage, and geography.

Leveraging the AVG Network for Deal Sourcing

With over 20 sibling funds who complete 150+ unique deals per year, and a community of 150,000+ supporting our funds and referring deals, we have a great flow of potential investments to draw upon.

Co-Investing with the Best

We invest alongside the top venture investors in the country.

Co-Invest Alongside Top Venture Firms

Invest In Deals Most Individuals Never Know About or Get Access To

  • 3M New Ventures
  • 500 Startups
  • Accel Partners
  • Accomplice
  • Alsop Louie Partners
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Arena Ventures
  • Aspect Venture Partners
  • Atlas Ventures
  • Benchmark
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Bezos Expeditions
  • BlackRock
  • Blockchain Capital
  • Borealis Ventures
  • Comcast Ventures
  • CrunchFund
  • DFJ Capital
  • Drive Capital
  • Flybridge Capital
  • Elephant Partners
  • Founder Collective
  • Foundry Group
  • F-Prime Capital (Fidelity)
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Golden Seeds
  • Goldman Sachs Ventures
  • Google Ventures
  • Greylock Partners
  • Highland Capital
  • Javelin Partners
  • Khosla Ventures
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Link Ventures
  • Maveron
  • Menlo Ventures
  • ML Capital
  • New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
  • Nokia Growth Partners
  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • NXT Ventures
  • Obvious Ventures
  • OrbiMed
  • Pelion Venture Partners
  • Relay Ventures
  • Resolute Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Summit Partners
  • Space Angels
  • SV Angel
  • Thiel Capital
  • Venrock
  • Winklevoss Capital
  • Y Combinator

How does the Elite Engineers Fund assemble a great portfolio for me?

  • We use our Alumni Fund and broader networks to access deals that simply are not available to most individuals
  • Our full-time investment team professionals review dozens of deals each month, selecting only the most promising to bring to their Investment Committees
  • We only invest in deals with a strong lead investor with sector expertise, combining their due diligence with our own, and then further vet for an alumni connection with top engineering programs

 

See The Elite Engineers Fund Portfolio

“I am in technology in SF, so I have a pretty good venture portfolio around things I know well.  I don’t see much outside of the Bay Area and my sector however.  My alumni fund was a great way to get a more diversified portfolio, and I enjoy being part of a group of classmates investing together.”

Fund Investor

“We’ve been really lucky and participating in the fund was a great way to pay it forward. Both of us were helped by fellow alums at many key points of our lives.  And frankly, we just need more people out there creating solutions to societies key problems.  I feel an obligation to do my part.”

Fund Investor