Supporting the next generation of founders and investors.
Looking to meet other like-minded students who are starting, joining, or investing in startups? You've come to the right place.
Throughout each cohort, students are coached and taught the intricacies of startup building and venture capital.
It is a remote program that connects students all across North America with a common interest of becoming better equipped as founders, VC’s, and employees at startups. It builds the skillset, knowledge, and network that otherwise are rare to acquire as a student.
Yes, please still apply as we will evaluate investments opportunistically.
We expect this process to take no longer than a few weeks.
Ripple Ventures will invest in your company as a part of the Fellow Fund initiative with a $25-50K check. This will be on a standard SAFE note with a valuation cap, and side letters for pro-rata and information rights. The valuation depends on the stage of the company.
We're different because we put students first, and are not deal flow focused. We don't ask students to source companies (unless they want to), and our program is purely educational. Think of us as an online course that's fun, where you meet a ton of interesting and like-minded people, and get to learn about all the intracacies of startups and venture capital.
No, not every company that receives a Fellow Fund investment will receive a core fund investment from Ripple Ventures but we expect a good portion of the portfolio to. Companies will be evaluated on an individual basis to receive a core fund investment from Ripple Ventures.
No, you do not need to be from an underrepresented group to receive funding but a minimum of 50% of our investments will be allocated toward founders who identify with underrepresented groups.
Yes, you are encouraged to re-apply! We've accepted students who have re-applied to the program before. Just make sure you take the feedback we provide in your initial application, showcase how you've applied it, and we'd love to have you a part of the program.
Alternatively, all of our content is open sourced on this website and the program has a community Slack that you can ask questions in. We're happy to support you in your journey in any way possible.
Yes, we typically only take undergraduate and graduate students attending a school in North America. We rarely make exceptions to this rule, but have done it a few times in the past where the student has a unique circumstance (i.e. dropped out of school to focus full-time on their company).
So, feel free to apply and we will review applications on a case-by-case basis.
We look for students that not only have an interest in technology and startups, but have also taken steps to do so. This can be anything from joining your schools entrepreneurship club, to doing your own research on a technology industry, to starting your own company.
Something we value is intellectual curiosity, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge and experience through networking and research.
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