Advancing the Sciences

Capital Meets Commercialization

Capital Meets Commercialization

University Associates Venture Capital is dedicated to scaling university-developed science and technology.

Backed by Experience and Expertise

Investment Thesis

Optical Science & Sensors

Lasers, Optical Devices, and Fiber

Aerospace & Defense

Satellite, Telecom, and Advanced Materials

AI & Software

AI Tools, Information Systems, and Data Management

Med-Tech & Longevity

Pharmacology, Medical Device, and Biotech

Quantum Science

Semiconductor, Sensing, and Computing

Energy & Sustainability

Mining, Hydrology, and Battery

Our Portfolio Companies

Learn more about the companies in our funds.

More About Us

Learn about our team, mission and history.

Meet the Partners


We advocate for our Founders because we have been in their shoes. Our tech transfer expertise and deep business operating experience help set our companies up for success.

Fletcher McCusker
Fletcher McCusker

General Partner & Founder

Michael Deitch
Michael Deitch

Managing Partner & Founder

Dave DiCosola
Dave DiCosola

Managing Partner

Approach to Success

Leaders in Research Commercialization

For more than a decade we have been translating brilliant research into scalable companies. Our experience leading and managing organizations from idea to exit gives us the ability to invest with confidence. We enjoy helping our Founders achieve their goals. Join us as we take the most critical and impactful technological advancements out of the lab and into the world.

Doing Well by Doing Good



We’re currently on our fourth fund and have invested in 13 companies. Inspired by the leadership at UArizona, we began our first fund to support expanded university patent activity and be business drivers for invention spinouts.


Jobs Created

We invest meaningful money into start-ups to form teams and hire the best talent possible. Our investments have resulted in more than 100 high-paying jobs in Arizona alone.

Thought leadership

Some of our thoughts on the potential and promise of tech transfer.