Funding

Funding

Founder of Amper, a recent recipient of NUseeds funding. Akshat Thirani, McCormick ’16
Akshat Thirani, Founder of Amper, McCormick ’16, recipient of NUSeeds funding, with his team.

Amper, co-founded by three Northwestern students as undergraduates, helps factory managers improve their operations by providing real-time data on critical manufacturing metrics, which helps reduce lead times and waste. Amper is one of the most recent recipients of NUSeeds funding, and is currently operating out of mHUB in Chicago.

NUseeds is Northwestern’s $4M pre-seed/seed investment fund. The funding comes from philanthropic donations to Northwestern, and is intended to accelerate the successful launch of innovations from NU students and finance the most promising early-stage student ventures. We look for teams who have an outsized vision and would benefit materially from incremental financial support. NUseeds writes checks in the $10,000 - $100,000 range in exchange for equity.

Applicants are required to have:

  • Participated in The Garage Residency Program.
  • Established product-market fit.
  • Entered a growth phase of the company.  

To Apply:

Interested student founders should email Melissa Kaufman, Executive Director of The Garage, with the following: 

  • Pitch deck
  • Financial details including a cap table and other investors participating in the round
  • Timing of when the round is closing

Teams are vetted by the NUseeds External Investment Committee: 

Peter Boyce

Peter Boyce

General Catalyst, Rough Draft Ventures

New York

Ezra Galston

Ezra Galston

Starting Line

Chicago

Danielle Lay

Danielle Lay

Weinberg ’16 - NEA

New York

Tom Loverro

Tom Loverro

KSM ‘11 - IVP Partners

San Francisco

Rick Zullo

Rick Zullo

Equal Ventures

Chicago