Dorm Room Fund retreat in early 2020 (pre-COVID).
Student founders are building the future. We support them with a $20k check, access to DRF’s and First Round Capital’s network, and world class mentors to guide their companies to seed stage and beyond.
We’re looking for curious, confident, and driven students to join our team. Help us discover and back the best founders and make big bets on the future.
Be with the best.
We’re passionate about helping student entrepreneurs. Beyond being the first check-in, we work tirelessly to provide the support, mentorship, and network founders need to grow their startups. We've built the best community of student investors, operators, and experts anywhere, and we're growing our team.
Dorm Room Fund alumni have been named Forbes 30 Under 30 since 2016.
of our partners are women, compared to the 7% industry standard.
of Dorm Room Fund alumni go on to become founders and venture capitalists.
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 our investment team!Apply Now
Always building, prolifically creative, and a near-obsessive problem solver with a sense of humor. Have we got your number? Apply to join our HQ team as an engineer!Apply Now
Floodgate, Forbes 30 Under 30 | DRF SF & Philly
Looking back after finishing grad school, I can definitively say, Dorm Room Fund is transformational. Where else can you get mentored by venture legends like Josh Kopelman, who arguably helped invent seed investing? Where else can you build an investing track record as a student, where you can write real checks into real companies founded by your peers? This is the absolute best network of young people interested in startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital you'll find anywhere in the world.
Product Manager, Oscar | DRF SF
Watching DRF founders build companies was how I realized what students were actually capable of. At the time, this incredibly valuable level of access to the early stage ecosystem was limited to partners. Over the next two years, we launched Female Founder Track and now have a phenomenal portfolio of founder and investor programs supporting students across the country. It makes me confident that DRF will be the ecosystem for the next generation of extraordinary and diverse entrepreneurial talent.
CEO & Co-Founder, Umbrella | DRF Boston
Being part of Dorm Room Fund connected me to a big, amazing network of entrepreneurs. Post-DRF, I started a company and began angel investing, and have counted on the DRF network for everything from hiring to opportunities to co-invest.
Partner, Graduate Fund | DRF New York
DRF was the single best thing I did at Yale. Through DRF, I invested $200k in capital, made over 15 incredible friends, and still benefit from the warm & ambitious community. I'm eager to continue helping DRF grow to welcome even more people!
Built by students and backed by First Round Capital, we’re the original student-run venture fund that provides student founders with a $20,000 check, access to First Round’s powerful investor network, and world-class mentors to guide their companies to Series Seed funding and beyond.
We’ve invested in 300+ startups that have gone on to raise $500M+ in follow-on funding from firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, First Round, Sequoia, Union Square Ventures, and more.
We also support diverse founders and investors through initiatives including the Female Founder Track and the Blueprint Project.
To learn more about about Dorm Room Fund, sign up for our webinars led by First Round Capital Partners:
As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts lives, health systems, and the global economy, startups and corporate giants alike have been forced to change at lightning speed. Our founders have inspired the Dorm Room Fund team each day with their adaptability to adapt their investment process as well. Dorm Room Fund will operate entirely virtually this year - from our initial coffee chats with founders to the actual investment pitches (and of course, the recruiting process).
Dorm Room Fund is intended for currently-enrolled students: we believe access to university resources gives our partners and founders an advantage, and backing students is core to our mission. However, we recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardships and hiccups in many people’s lives. While we will give priority to currently-enrolled students, applicants taking a semester or year off will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will not consider applicants who have already graduated.
September 22nd, 2020: Philadelphia, Boston, New York, & HQ (Engineering)
October 2nd, 2020: San Francisco
As a member of Dorm Room Fund, you’ll graduate with hands-on venture experience, cross-industry startup knowledge, and most importantly, be part of a national community of talented entrepreneurs and investors. Our alumni have gone on to do amazing work — from raising millions in funding for their own startups to launching their own venture firms.
Yes!! As long as you are enrolled in a degree program (undergraduates, MBA, Ph.D. candidates, master’s, and even divinity school) and majoring in anything from Ancient Greek Literature to Linguistics, you are eligible to apply!
No, you do not need any previous investment experience. Here are some things we look for in great investment partners:
Although we’re working remotely, our investment teams are organized by proximity to 4 main locations. The four investment teams are drafted by the geography of the universities that the student investment partners are enrolled in:
Dorm Room Fund engineers keep our community humming. As a member of our engineering team, you will hone your technical skills by working on real-world products that help create companies and make investments — which in our opinion is pretty awesome. We build with the latest and greatest and own everything from architecture to development to deployment. And the best part is that you get to do all of this with a front-row view of how venture capital works — not something most engineers don’t get the chance to do.
This role is fun and requires significant self-direction (with a heavy dose of mentorship), since the Head of Engineering is a one-person show, for the most part:
Here are some things we look for in great engineers leaders:
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