Despite Princeton being home to some of the world’s most innovative hustlers and a resource-rich university, there is a lack of funding available for early-stage and first-time founders to create a working prototype of their product. There is a funding gap in a Princeton student founder’s journey.
That’s why we started Princeton’s first student-led VC: Prospect Student Ventures. We intersect with Princeton student founders at the moment they most need capital to turn their idea into reality.
Our mission is to bridge that gap for Princeton founders with $1–10K checks that allow them to build and validate their ideas and connect them with institutional VCs to receive follow-up funding. Our goal is to both increase the supply of student founders and better prepare students interested in VC through our investments, educational program, and expert network.
We provide $1–10K grants in student founders to help them build their MVP.
Our Investment Criteria
Our approach mirrors real-world VCs so that founders learn how to raise institutional capital and club members learn how to evaluate companies for unicorn potential. After we invest, we connect them with our expert network for office hours support, and to our sponsors for follow-on investment.
We teach the theory behind how VCs make decisions with an in-house curriculum and provide a hands-on VC experience with sourcing and diligencing Princeton student founders. In addition to the experience gained from working with Princeton founders, we work with top VCs pro bono to support them in their operations from dilegencing to understanding new industries.
Princeton courses are theoretical, and many students don’t know how to set up a sales funnel, choose the right cloud-config settings, and other practical, real-world skills when it comes to creating startups. That’s why we connect student founders with advisers with practical industry experience in every startup-relevant domain such as growth marketing, web/mobile development, accounting, etc.
We are recruiting PSV’s founding class!
Now onto the important stuff: We are seeking builders and visionaries to round out our founding team. Prospect Student Ventures is open to both undergrad and graduate applicants who are passionate about building the future.
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