ASK Capital is a strategic advisory and fundraising platform for small companies and start-ups.

Our leadership team has over 60 years of combined Wall Street, corporate private equity and entrepreneurial experience. This personal experience has helped identify and overcome the challenges of small business, especially minority entrepreneurs and female founders. Even if you may not know how to get there, but you’re willing to work to succeed. If you are just starting off with an idea, prototype or opportunity you’ll need a lot of resources. While we started as a vertically integrated real estate venture, we have pivoted to solve the problems of small businesses in the NYC metro.


In the past 5 years we have been involved in over $200 million of transactions across multiple industries.  As a result, we can help you access capital to grow your business. Our investments come from companies that complete our Accelerator or can provide satisfactory assets for review. Once verified our team will review your deal and either invest directly or help you find funds. 

Venture Capital

Venture Capital

Angel Investing


Ask Capital Advisors

Our advisors all share diverse backgrounds with rich experience in the industries they invest in. Their relationship with Ask Capital requires them to lend their time for mentorship and pitches from our students and portfolio companies in exchange for the opportunity to invest or partner in deals. Our symbiotic relationship fosters an environment of passionate operator experienced investors.

Keys to Success

We help provide the pillars to business success including:

  • Mentorship
  • Access to Capital
  • Strategic Advisory

Our experience has proven that community is a competitive advantage that makes companies durable. That’s why we treat Social Equity initiatives a plus during our selection process.


We have a history of investing in vertically integrated businesses in NYC. This began as a real estate venture that invested in the NYC metro are including $100M in real estate transactions in the past 5 – 6 years. Over the past 13 years we’ve honed our skills to help entrepreneurs get results.

Ask Capital partners have helped raise over $10,000,000 in equity as part of these deals. This includes deals where we served as angel investors or simply provided credit or references. Our extensive organic relationships, going back 20 – 30 years with people who still believe in the power of the human spirit to be one of my most valuable resources in business.

Ask Capital Leadership

Schelton is a Harvard MBA and managing director of Brownstone NYC. He has a unique personal and professional experience that serves as a competitive advantage to help entrepreneurs. His Wall Street experience coupled with Main Street roots helps him assist founders navigate business challenges and turn around businesses. His experience is particularly valuable to minority founders because of his ability to succeed despite significant challenges throughout his life. Following an illustrious career at JP Morgan he has developed personal relationships with traditional, private and start-up lenders.

schelton assoumou ask capital
Founder & CEO