Fellows Directory

Mike Asem


As a partner at M25, Mike has participated in nearly 100 investments in early-stage companies across the Midwest, including ScriptDrop, where he is a board observer. M25 is a venture capital firm targeting early- stage, tech-enabled startups in the Midwest.

Outside of his responsibilities at M25, Mike is a board member at BLCK VC, leading initiatives in the Midwest to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors.

Prior to M25, Mike founded The Anvil, a co-working space and startup incubator on Purdue University's campus, where he helped launch the first Purdue startup to be accepted to Y Combinator. Mike was also the first employee at a nanotech startup, and is formerly a director at the Purdue Research Foundation, where he mentored companies, helped market unlicensed intellectual property, and created and implemented portfolio support strategies.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Mike earned his BA at Purdue University, where he was named the OnePurdue Scholar, a distinction given to the one student who has had the most positive influence on campus. He is also a board director at PicDiversity, a nonprofit that exists to provide teachers with media that mirrors the diversity of their students, inspiring and exposing them to careers and ambitions not typically associated with diverse individuals.

Mike lives in Chicago with his wife, Erikka. In his free time, he enjoys making wine, eating sushi, following Chicago sports, and traveling with his wife.

A member of Class 24, Mike is serving his fellowship at M25 under the mentorship of Elliott Robinson (Class 22), Head of Growth Equity at Bessemer Venture Partners.