Working with successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and leaders that all share the U in common, we aim to leverage the power of the University of Miami to drive needed innovation.


About Us

The Cane Angel Network facilitates investments in UM-related startups by UM-related early stage investors (“Angels”) to further build the success of the University of Miami’s global community. By bringing together investors and entrepreneurs with a connection to the University, we aim to help turn start-up aspirations into reality.

 Knight Foundation

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a best-in-class investment platform to support the global UM entrepreneurial community.

Our Methodology

We are looking for innovative teams building high growth companies. Some of the methodology that goes into how we invest revolve around these three pillars: 

  • The Team: We want people who are proactive, innovative, driven, fearless, and intellectually curious. 
  • The Problem: We look for companies that solve or address a compelling issue that pushes a movement or industry forward. 
  • The Solution: We look for a value-added solution that has a long-term competitive advantage over that of its competitors to improve a consumer's or enterprise's day-to-day.

Start-Up Criteria

Our criteria for start-ups are that they:

  1. Have a founder, executive, board member, or major investor who is a UM alumnus, employee, student, or parent
  2. Are raising early stage equity capital
  3. Are located in the United States

Investor Criteria

Our criteria for investors are that they are:

  1. An accredited investor per SEC regulations
  2. A UM alumnus, employee, student, or parent