In 2012, First Round Capital had a spicy idea.
What if we brought together a group of all-star aspiring VCs and startup operators—who happened to be students—and asked them to seek out student founders building the next wave of great companies?
Thus, Dorm Room Fund was born. Since then, we’ve invested in over 370 companies led by visionary student founders. Those founding teams have raised $2.5B+ in follow-on capital and created more than $8.3B in value. Our companies have redefined industries, ICO’d, and are changing the world.
We’ve built a vibrant community of hundreds of founders, mentors, and investors sharing ideas, connections, and experience. We’ve assembled a team committed to DRF founders—and we’re all in.
We are 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. Come join us.
Dorm Room Fund’s HQ team supports our investment partners and founders alike with strategic, technical, and operational expertise.
General Partner, Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital, Intersection, City of Los Angeles.
Chief of Staff @ Dorm Room Fund
Head of Operations.
Head of Social. Slack Technologies. Formerly Muse Capital and Quirk Money.
Head of Growth. Formerly Figma, Divisional Growth
Head of Design. Wish. Formerly PwC, CBRE.
Head of Community. Melissa is an undergrad student at Harvard fascinated by community design, consumer psychology, and modern retail.
Head of Content. Princeton TigerLaunch. News reporter. Talks about her home island, Guam, way too often.
Co-Head of Engineering. Previously MLH Fellowship, ServiceNow.
Co-Head of Engineering. Previously Amazon and Riot Ventures
Our investment partners seek out, vet, and back the best student-run companies across the country -- don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Blue Collective & The YX Foundation. Formerly Rowing Blazers and IDEO.
Formerly Blend, Ask, Iggy, Intus Care and Loftium.
BusRight. Formerly Melodize.
Former Blue River Technology (John Deere), Tesla, SpaceX, Google.
Formerly Cultivation Capital and Vamos Ventures.
Formerly Facebook, Nvidia, Skale Education.
Nika is passionate about democratizing access to capital and championing innovation that aspires to create a better, more equitable world.
An engineer with a passionate to innovate, collaborate and speculate.
Thrasio. Formerly Italic, Knollwood Investment Advisory, and 248 Builders.
Scaling impact through entrepreneurship and technology.
Experience in investing, operating and advising high-growth, tech-enabled consumer-facing businesses in India. Early-stage tech-investor at Sequoia, operator with 0-1 experience at Scaler Academy and management consultant at McKinsey.
Charlesbank, JOKR. Formerly Oaktree, Ringle.
Weill Cornell Medicine, Bioventure ELabs. Formerly Blueprint.
Floe. Formerly MIT Langer Lab, Air Liquide.
Formerly MasterClass, Bungalow, Kiva.
Operating with natural optimism and curiosity, wondering less about how things could fail and more about how they might succeed.
Currently Sapphire Ventures, Formerly Kong and Kaiser Associates.
Georgian Partners, Yale Investments Office. Formerly Bracebridge Capital.
Avi has spent the past two years on both the operations and venture side of the startup ecosystem and loves talking to founders who are working on solving problems that will change the world.
I am an impact-driven student-athlete and founder at Cornell passionate about making change through venture capital and entrepreneurship, and I am so excited to be a part of the DRF Team!
Yale Entrepreneurial Society. Formerly Alumni Ventures, Blue Ivy Ventures, SOSV, Chinaccelerator, MOX Accelerator
Scout @ SHL Capital. Formerly Flourish Ventures, Hyland, HP, IBM.
J.D. candidate and Texan interested in investing, corporate structure, and asymmetric opportunities.
Building the go-to platform for building company culture, starting with helping teams book, co-ordinate and evaluate in person events and investing in B2B Saas, marketplaces and dev tools.
James is a product designer and student at Columbia studying Computer Science and Political Science.
Yale MBA, Blueprint Track grad, formerly Charles Schwab & fighter for representation in tech and VC
I'm an artist and art appreciator passionate about breaking stigmas and building culture for those who have been historically left out.
Darya is a native San Franciscan with a passion for entrepreneurship and has worked as both an investor and operator prior to pursing her MBA at Columbia.
Formerly TechCrunch, SocialCode, and Reddit.
Formerly Google, NSIN, and Kairos Society.
Formerly .406 Ventures, Cravath, and Manatt Health.
Morgan Stanley. Formerly COS.
Formerly Genecloud and CMU.
Nabis. Formerly Policy @ Cory Booker.
DoD. Intel Capital. HBCUvc.
Assembly Fellow @ Berkman Klein Center/MIT Media Lab. Formerly Google AI, Treasury Department.
Passionate about building and investing in the innovation economy.
Previously engineering @ Anduril, Facebook, Pendo. Building scope.so!
Lifelong learner. Menlo Ventures, Draper Associates. Formerly AWS.
Aspiring to be like water 🧘🏽. Co-founder @ Empower Sleep. Formerly expansion @ Uber.
Spelman Alumna. Formerly Tesla, Intel, & BCG Digital Ventures.
Born in Venezuela but live in Panama. Currently researching entrepreneurship, growing Happy Valley VC, and leading College Ventures Network. Upcoming Fellow @ Dynamo Ventures & Emerging Markets (LatAm) Sales @ Bank of America.
Startup veteran with a love for investing in solutions to historically low-tech industries.
Born in Argentina, but Miami is my home. University of Florida grad, previously running the investment process at Miami Angels.
PhD Engineering - Stanford. Cardinal Robotics. IoT.
Griffin Gaming Partners. Formerly Story Ventures.
Drem, Formerly Harlem Capital & Goldman Sachs.
Harvard Undergrad. Former enterprise software growth equity investor, Strategy manager at CPG incubator.
Zoom. Formerly World Health Organization and Stanford Medicine.
Spree, TroyLabs. Formerly Falkonry.
Formerly Google and Tencent AI Lab.
An impact-driven builder at heart who is fortunate to have witnessed the power of weaving empathy into product development and design.
Santiago is a former telenovela actor from Mexico, previous startup founder and now a Computer Science student at Stanford.
Stanford GSB. Formerly Google Payments and Forbes.
Stanford GSB & Harvard Kennedy School. Formerly Quona Capital, African Leadership Group and Deloitte.
Former booking agent turned tech nerd, supporting founders building the future of AI, healthcare, biology, and climate tech.
Sezzle, DubHacks. Formerly Dotdash.
MD @ Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, EE, CS, and Business at UC Berkeley. Formerly PayPal, Samsung, Estée Lauder, Bloccelerate, and Ahura AI.
Tianchimed founder. Moonshot Beijing. Currently learning about the intersection of BCI, AR/VR, and crypto.