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Almost too curious, startup obsessed, and a founder's first text. Sound like you? Apply to discover and back the best student founders as a member of the investment team!
Applications close 09/30 for Philly & Southeast, NY & Midwest, and Boston & Northeast, and 10/14 for SF & West Coast
Joining the DRF family leads to a world of opportunities. But don't just take our word for it —78% of our alumni become founders or VCs after graduation, and nearly all of the rest are operators at incredible tech companies.
Student founders are building the future, and we're looking for curious, confident, and driven students to join our team to find and back them. DRF is the first and only program to give students 100% of the decision making power (an opportunity most don't get until many years into a successful VC career). Your average scout program this is not.
You learn the most from the people around you. At DRF, you are surrounded by brilliant, diverse peers ready to learn from you and share their own interests, ideas, and expertise. You'll build deep and long-lasting relationships with your most talented peers from across the country— well outside your university bubble.
Our ever-growing community of alumni, founders, and investors is made up of some of the best in the world. As an investment partner, you'll work with leading experts in fields to inform your investment decisions, and enhance your perspectives on emerging markets, products, and emerging technologies. Once you're part of the family, you're DRF for life: alumni hire, invest in, and consult with members of this community long after they graduate.
And with DRF IV, we're excited to bring on even more partners. We have investors from over 50 funds ready at the waiting to help Dorm Room Fund partners—and founders—succeed.
We run Dorm Room Fund as our own startup. Together, we treat DRF like a lab to experiment in new ways to grow, support, and enhance our community, our companies, our investing, and our operations.
Be with the best
Look anywhere and you'll find DRF alums making their mark on the world. Our best-in-class education, network, and community come together to accelerate exceptional students towards careers in startups and venture capital.
of the best VC funds are in the DRF fam—between our alumni & our investors, we have friends in the right places.
of DRF alumni go on to
become founders or VCs.
of our partners female or nonbinary (vs. 15% industry average).
DRF Forbes 30 under 30 honorees since 2016.
Still have burning questions? Want to meet the DRF family? Stay up to date with events with The Syllabus Newsletter! Or sign up for any of the events below or using this link.
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Our community is our competitive advantage
CEO & Co-Founder, The Rounds
“I went to business school to start my second company—so being part of DRF was my obvious first choice. My time on the investing team definitely helped me supercharge my time on campus. The DRF mafia is real.”
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
“Hands down I would encourage any aspiring VC to join DRF— no brainer!”
“Looking to build lifelong relationships and friends with the most entrepreneurial students out there? Dorm Room Fund is that community.”
“Dorm Room Fund was the best thing I did in school. I still rely on this community as friends, advisors, and investors.”
Senior Director, Growth @ Carta
DRF is the place in grad school where I learned the most, grew the most personally and professionally, and had the most fun. The best part is, the community gets bigger and better every year.
Yes! We're always looking to expand into new schools and highly encourage that you bring your expertise and school spirit to our team.
You meet and find great founders, evaluate companies, work with regional investment partners through weekly meetings, invest capital in founders, and build the Dorm Room Fund community. We expect partners to commit 10-15 hours per week.
In your application, please take the time to provide responses that tell your story. We value thoughtful responses that show you've put time into our application. If you receive an interview offer, be prompt to your interview and ensure you're in a well-lit, noiseless area. We don't expect a full tux and gown, but double check that your unmade bed isn't distracting the interviewer, and triple check your computer's audio beforehand.
Regional Teams are based on the location of your school!
New York Team & Midwest: New York, Montana, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, Connecticut, and the Midwest (Minnesota, lowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois)
San Francisco & West Coast Team: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii
Boston & Northeast Team: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas
Philadelphia & Southeast: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, North & South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Delaware
Yes! We value grit. Many of our current investment partners applied and entered the team on their second or third tries. You can also apply for an HQ role in the spring if an investment partner spot isn't right for you.
The short answer is no. While we allow people to put referrals as an option, we don't require, nor do we expect investment partners to obtain one. We value people from all walks of life, regardless if they know anyone in the DRF community.
We encourage students of all grades to apply but expect that they have shown interest in venture capital or startups. As new students entering college, freshmen may have less experience. That said, we've accepted freshmen before, and it never hurts to try!
No, investment partners must be current students.
Yes, but you must plan to return to college (not drop out).
We require that international students attend a U.S. college so they can play active roles in the startup communities on US-based campuses.
No, the majors and programs of our investment partners run the gamut, and we value diversity of thought brought to the discussion table.
Until you graduate from your university institution. That means freshmen have up to four years with us, first-year MBAs have two years, seniors can finish their final year, PhDs are with us practically forever 😉.
We ask that (COVID-19 permitting) folks who are based in the SF, NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston metro areas plan to attend weekly meetings in person; partners at schools not within reasonable commuting distance will serve as fully-remote partners. Throughout the year, regional teams also host in-person social events open to the Dorm Room Fund alum and current community. Dorm Room Fund will cover travel expenses for folks from out of town to make sure that our remote partners get to know the rest of the fam without a ding to their wallets.
The deadline to apply is 11:59PM ET on 9/30 for applicants to NY & Midwest, Philly & Southeast, and Boston & Northeast teams, and 11:59PM PT on 10/14 for applicants to SF & West Coast team. Apply ASAP, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis!
Please look at the detailed timeline below to see what to expect throughout the process. Each team (Philly & Southeast, Boston & Northeast, NY & Midwest, SF & West Coast) have their own set dates which will be published and sent to applicants as the interview process progresses. Please reach out to [email protected] for any questions.
September 5th ~ October 1st
September 30th 11:59PM ET
October 14th 11:59PM PT
Boston & Northeast, NY & Midwest, Philly & Southeast 1st Coffee Chat Invitation: October 6-11
SF & West Coast 1st Coffee Chat Invitation: October 20-25
Boston & Northeast, NY & Midwest, Philly & Southeast 2nd Coffee Chat Invitation: October 8-14
SF & West Coast 2nd Coffee Chat Invitation: October 23-25
Boston & Northeast Super Day: October 22
NY & Midwest Super Day: October 23
Philly & Southeast Super Day: October 16
SF & West Coast Super Day: October 29
Expect to hear back about final results around the end of October.
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