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Dorm Room Fund retreat in early 2020 (pre-COVID).

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The future is being built by student founders.
We support them with a $20k check, access to First Round Capital’s investor network, and world class mentors to guide their companies to Series A and beyond.


We’re looking for curious, confident, and driven students to join our team. If building world-class brands, telling powerful stories, and using great design to move mountains runs in your blood, we want YOU to apply to Dorm Room Fund’s HQ Team.

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Learn more about us at our upcoming info sessions, moderated by Dorm Room Fund CEO Molly Fowler:

1. The Role of Design in Startups with Tanthai Pongstein - Tuesday, April 6th at 5pm PT/8pm ET

2. How to Break into VC with JeanClaude Dorsainvil, Meryl Breidbart, and Kai Furbeck - Wednesday, April 14th at 2pm PT/5pm ET

3. How VCs Help Startups Grow with Brett Berson and Rennah Weng - Thursday, April 15th at 5pm PT/8pm ET

Be with the best.

We turn exceptional students into industry leaders.

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 transform exceptional students into industry leaders.

| 35+

DRF Forbes 30 under 30
honorees since 2016

| 43%

of our partners are women
(vs. 7% industry average)

| 53%

of DRF alumni go on to
become founders or VCs

We're accepting applications
for five different roles.

Learn more about Dorm Room Fund’s HQ team and these roles here.

Hear From Our Alums

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Meryl Breidbart

Associate Investor at LDV Capital
| 2019-20 HQ, Head of Design

Without DRF, I would never have been able to land a full-time role in VC. Partly it's the clout that comes with having DRF on your resume, but it's so much more than that; through DRF, I learned the ins and outs of venture capital and portfolio support, I gained hands-on experience with founders, and I built an invaluable network of some of the best people in the industry who remain some of my closest friends and confidantes. I cannot recommend DRF more highly, particularly the HQ team where you get a taste of everything in venture capital: learning about investing and experience nurturing investments as they make their first hires, sign their first customers, and raise their next rounds.

Albert Dong

Founder of Godling Studio
Director, Brand & Design at Lafayette Square
| 2017-19 HQ, Head of Design, then MP

DRF was likely the single most transformative event of my life to date. The people I've met flipped a switch in my thinking of what is possible. Today, they continue to inspire me.

Linus Lee

4th Engineer at Ideaflow, First Round Capital-backed
Blog writer for 5k readers on tech & startups
| 2018-21 SF Team, Investment Partner

Dorm Room Fund has consistently been, and probably will continue to be, where I come to be surrounded by the most interesting, diverse, high-energy group of people working on interesting problems. Though investing is the de-facto activity we do, I think most partners come for that and find their next few years transformed by much more.

Vinai Rachakonda

Software Engineer at Dolthub
| 2018-20 HQ, Head of Engineering

DRF gave me a solid introduction to understanding the technology and venture spaces at large. Through this, I had the privilege to meet extremely ambitious and intelligent students who motivated me to become the best version of myself. More importantly, I made lifelong friends through this experience.

FAQs

What is the DRF HQ Team?

Our HQ team is the engine that powers DRF and the compass that defines the fund’s strategic direction. The team’s eight members own three core goals:

1. Enable DRF to find and engage the world’s best student founders
2. Use diverse skills and expertise to help our founders succeed
3. Strengthen the DRF community

What Does DRF HQ do?

Whether advising portfolio companies on their go-to-market strategies, creating content to engage and inspire new student founders, or leveraging analytics to help target the next great campus innovation ecosystem, our founders and partners count on HQ to make the magic happen — and tell the DRF story along the way. HQ team members are the strategic thinkers driving DRF’s growth, the creatives behind its brand, and the first call for founders in need.

Working closely with our CEO Molly Fowler HQ is a swat team of top-notch student operators with backgrounds ranging from Bridgewater to SpaceX, Airbnb to Silicon Valley Bank and startups at every stage of growth. Members of our HQ team have gone on to found venture-funded startups, grow businesses to millions in revenue, become first engineers at some of the nation’s hottest startups, and lead teams in senior positions at tech companies post-grad.

Can any student apply?

For all roles, to be eligible to apply, you must be:

⚡️ An active, full-time student, currently enrolled at an accredited academic institution (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, JD, MBA, etc.), with at least one full year left in your program.

⚡️ Willing to commit 10+ hours per week to DRF for at least one year.

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