AZ Disruptors is founded by Hamid Shojaee (@hamids) and Lawdan Shojaee (@lawdan) as a vehicle to invest in for-profit companies that want to make the world a better place, with a geographical focus on Arizona’s tech ecosystem.
AZ Disruptors expects to make investments in companies that are in 3 stages of life:
Stage 1: Early Stage Startup
Early stage companies are those where the founder(s) have a fantastic product idea, have done significant market research and prototyping or early versions of a product and months (or years) of work to get the company off the ground, but may not have any paying customers at this stage.
Companies in this stage may be looking for anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 to prove out their product. AZ Disruptors will look to fund up to 20 early-stage companies per year with a typical investment of $25,000 each.
Stage II: Product and Early Customer Success
Companies that have built their product and have proven early success with multiple happy customers may be ready to fine tune their product, messaging, marketing and teams.
Companies in this stage are generally looking to raise between $1 to 2 Million. AZ Disruptors will look to fund up to 5 stage II companies per year with a typical investment of $100,000 each.
Stage III: Proven Record, Ready for Scale
Companies that have built a solid, rapidly growing revenue base, a fantastic team and fine tuned their marketing, may be ready for rapid scale.
Companies in this stage are generally doing a Series A round of $5 Million or more. AZ Disruptors will look to fund up to 4 stage III companies per year with a typical investment of $250,000 each.