Blueprint Project

A masterclass by Dorm Room Fund aimed at empowering diverse investors and founders.


Blueprint Investor Track

The venture capital industry has a reputation of being homogenous and tough to break into. Together we can change that.

Dorm Room Fund’s Blueprint Investor Track is a 6-week masterclass aimed at supporting the next generation of diverse venture investors! We’re bringing together talented Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students with an entrepreneurial mindset who want to find a community and learn from some of the best startup investors in the business.

Note: Applications for the Blueprint Investor Track are now closed.

"We are the change that we seek"

Leveraging the resources from our communities across the country, the Blueprint Investor Track is setting students up for success through:

  1. A curriculum crafted around the fundamentals and best practices of venture capital. Including sessions on sourcing the best companies, developing investment decision-making, venture finance, and more.
  2. Access to seasoned investors and fund managers with decades of combined experience.
  3. Mentors that are dedicated to your success and who have a wealth of knowledge to share.
  4. A community that is like-minded, diverse, and highly motivated. We are a value-rich community of peers and members of organizations like Dorm Room Fund, HBCUvc, and First Round Capital, as well as VC networks like BLCK VC and LTX VC.

Curriculum

New to venture capital? We’ve got you covered. Our six week program will give you the fundamental skills and frameworks you need to jumpstart your venture capital journey. Here’s what it will look like:


  • Intro to Venture Capital: Who? What? When? Where? How?
  • Venture Finance 101: Cap Tables and Term Sheets
  • Technology Trends & Developing Theses
  • Business Models & Market Sizing
  • Deal Sourcing & Entrepreneur Support
  • VC Case Study: Asking the Right Questions

Still have some unanswered questions? Check out our FAQs.

Featured Speakers

Mario Ruiz
Investor at PayPal Ventures

Mario is an Investor at PayPal Ventures where he is focused on the future of Fintech. Prior to Paypal, Mario was Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund in NYC where he co-founded The Blueprint Project. Before that, he spent time as an investor at Napier Park Global Capital and in investment banking at Barclays.

Nashilu Mouen-Makoua
Head of Operations at Clay.run

Nashilu is Head of Operations at Clay.run, bringing together the best parts of spreadsheets, coding and simple automation. Prior to Clay.run, Nashilu was an investor at First Round Capital and Dorm Room Fund and now angel invests and advises founders at the earliest stages.

Frederik Groce
Principal at Storm Ventures

Frederik is a Principal at Storm Ventures where he focused on B2B, AI, SaaS, Vertical SaaS, GovTech, and Enterprise Voice Tech. Prior to Storm Ventures, Frederik spent two years as CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises. He is also the co-founder of BLCK VC.

Abdul Ly
Investor at Index Ventures

Abdul is an investor at Index Ventures where he focuses on enterprise and consumer software. Prior to Index, Abdul spent time as an investor at First Round Capital and helping founders scale consumer internet startups at Google.

Kanyi Maqubela
Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures

Kanyi is a Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures. He served as a Partner at Collaborative Fund, where he was an early advisor to Tala and Walker & Co., and a board member at Buffer, Camino Financial, Spruce, and True Link. Kanyi is a co-founder at Heartbeat Health, and previously ran growth at One Block Off the Grid (acquired by $NRG) and was an early employee at Doostang (acquired by Universum Global).

Ulili Oniovakpuri
Partner at Kapor Capital

Uriridiakoghene “Ulili” is a partner at Kapor Capital where she focuses on early stage investing in digital health and medical technology companies. Prior to Kapor Capital, Ulili was an investor at Fresco Capital and served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital. Before Village Capital, Ulili began her career in venture capital as an investment analyst at Kapor.

Gabby Cazeau
Senior Associate at Harlem Capital

Gabby Cazeau is a Senior Associate at Harlem Capital Partners where she focuses on investing in women and underrepresented founders. Before getting her MBA at Yale, Gabby worked in R&D at General Mills where she created new products. Her work encompassed a full lifecycle of product development including early stage customer engagement, product testing and validation, and manufacturing scale execution.

Megan Maloney
Principal at General Catalyst

Megan is a Principal at General Catalyst (GC) where she focuses on early stage investing and works closely with portfolio companies including Grammarly, Livongo and Samsara. Prior to joining GC, Megan spent four years working at Morgan Stanley, first in the institutional equities division and then transitioning to the Technology investment banking group.

Mercedes Bent
Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

Mercedes is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she focuses on early stage consumer investing. Prior to this, she was an executive at a VR startup and a GM at General Assembly where she helped the company grow to ~$100 million in revenue over 4.5 years as a product manager and general manager. Prior to this, Mercedes worked in finance at Goldman Sachs.

Adeyemi Ajao
Managing Partner at Base10 Ventures

Adeyemi (“Ade”) is co-founder & Managing Partner at Base10 Partners. Before Base10, Ade was the co-founder and CEO of Tuenti (The “Spanish Facebook” which was acquired by Telefonica in 2010 for $100M), co-founder and CEO of Identified (“AI for HR” acquired by Workday in 2014) and a founding investor of Cabify (the largest ridesharing company in Latin America currently valued at over $1B).

Phin Barnes
Partner at First Round Capital

Phin is a Partner at First Round Capital, where he's responsible for notable investments in Ubiquity6, Clearbit, Modern Fertility, and Notion. Prior to First Round, Phin started a video-game company, served as Creative Director for Footwear at AND1 and co-created the AND1 MixTape. As a seed investor, Phin brings a decade of experience building companies to help founders go from zero to one, going deep on product creation and brand building.

Charles Hudson
Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures

Charles is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure.

Jomayra Herrera
Senior Associate at Cowboy Ventures

Jomayra is a Senior associate at Cowboy Ventures where she focuses on seed-stage investments and backing exceptional founders. Prior to Cowboy, she spent 3 years as an investor at Emerson Collective where she played an important role in creating internal processes, building key investment theses, and helping to grow the team.

Sydney Thomas
Senior Associate at Precursor Ventures

Sydney is the Senior Associate at Precursor Ventures. Prior to joining Precursor, Sydney gained experience working in technology startups in business development and product marketing. Prior to her work in tech, she managed public-private partnerships for the NYC Government’s Department of Education and Office of Financial Empowerment.

Lo Toney
Managing Partner at Plexo Capital

Lo is the Founding Managing Partner of Plexo Capital, which he incubated and spun out from GV, based on a strategy to increase access to early stage deal flow. Prior to founding Plexo Capital, Lo was a Partner on the investing team at GV where he focused on marketplaces, mobile and consumer products. Before GV, Lo was a Partner with Comcast Ventures where he led the Catalyst Fund and worked with the main fund where he focused on mobile messaging and marketplaces.

Richard Kerby
Partner at Equal Ventures

Richard is Co-Founder and General Partner at Equal Ventures. Prior to co-founding Equal Ventures, Richard was an investor at Venrock, where he led seed-stage and Series A stage investments in 6Sense, Amino Apps, Beckon, Burner, Luxe Valet, and Salsify. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an investor at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), where he focused on identifying and evaluating later-stage investments.

Freada Kapor Klein
Partner at Kapor Capital

Freada is a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital where she invests in seed stage tech startups that create positive social impact by closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color. Freada is an Advisory Trustee of the U.C. Berkeley Foundation, a founding team member at Project Include and co-chair of the Kapor Center. She is also the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace.

More speakers to be announced!


Apply to the Blueprint Investor Track

Blueprint Founder Track

Born out of a desire to scale the impact of minority founders in the startup ecosystem, Dorm Room Fund’s Blueprint Project is a 9-week program in New York City supporting underrepresented founders of color.

We’re looking for talented Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and recent grads with an entrepreneurial mindset and a big idea. Sounds like you? Apply below.

...Heart Of The City

Leveraging Silicon Alley resources, the Blueprint Project gives underrepresented minority founders an edge through:

  • Access to tech leaders that have walked in their shoes. Founders and venture capitalists of color offering candid advice in a safe environment.
  • A curriculum crafted around the needs of today’s diverse entrepreneur. Including sessions on scaling profitably, finding their first customer, navigating the venture capital space, and more.
  • Mentors that are dedicated to their success. Technical operators, masters of scale, and growth hackers are on standby to help shape their business.
  • A community that catapults their little black book. A value-rich community of their peers, Dorm Room Fund, and the prominent First Round Capital.

Applications for the Founder Track are now closed.


FAQ

Investor Track Founder Track

1. When should I apply?
Applications for the Blueprint Investor Track are now closed.

2. Who are you looking for?

  • You’re a full-time student who identifies as Black, Latinx or Indigenous.
  • You have an anticipated graduation of 2022 or later. If this is the summer before you start a full-time program we encourage you to apply (ex. business school, law school, incoming freshman, etc.)
  • We welcome students of all backgrounds to apply. You could be a freshman majoring in political science or a PhD student studying machine learning.
  • You have passion for entrepreneurship and curiosity about new innovations, businesses, or technology. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ton of experience yet. We value life-long learners and folks driven by curiosity.
  • You have hustle and like to tackle challenges head on.


3. What is the selection process?
After initial application review, selected applicants will be contacted for a 30-minute Zoom interview. This interview is to get to know you better and learn more about your background and interests. Our team will release final decisions in early June.

4. What is the time commitment?
The program is 6-weeks long and will run from July 11th to August 15th. Each session will be held on Saturday afternoons from 11AM to 1PM PST (2PM - 4PM EST).

5. Where will sessions be held?
Our sessions will be 100% remote. This gives you the flexibility to be a part of our community regardless of where you’ll be spending your summer.

6. What does a typical Blueprint session look like?
The Dorm Room Fund Team is partnering with some of the best VCs, Angel Investors, and Founders in the game to teach you a new topic each week. Sessions will be a combination lecture-style teaching, speaker series, and small group projects.

7. Do I have to pay for this program?
No. At Dorm Room Fund, we aim to make venture and entrepreneurship as accessible as possible. The program is free for you. We invest time, energy and resources into making our program great and ask that you commit to giving the program your 100%.

8. What comes after Blueprint Investor Track?
Our goal is to set you up for success! As part of that commitment, all Blueprint Investor Track participants who successfully complete the program will be guaranteed an interview during the Dorm Room Fund 2020 fall investment partner recruitment process.

9. What is Dorm Room Fund?
We're a student-run venture fund backed by First Round. We invest in startups where at least one person on the founding team is a student (undergraduate or graduate). Our investment team is run by student leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the country.

10. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
JeanClaude Dorsainvil at [email protected] Reach out with any questions or concerns!

1. When should I apply?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until February 15th. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

2. Who are you looking for?
You must be an underrepresented minority student or recent grad (5 years or less out of an undergraduate or graduate program), have an idea you are actively working on, and have not raised more than 500K in institutional capital. We’re looking for smart entrepreneurs that have identified a critical problem and devised a unique solution.

3. What is the selection process?
After reviewing your application, a member of our team may reach out to you to learn more via a phone interview. If selected, you’ll be invited to meet our team in person. We will notify all applicants of their status by February 24th.

4. What is the time commitment?
From March 25 to May 19, participants will meet once a week for nine weeks on Thursday evenings. The application lists the dates of the sessions and we’ll need you to commit to attending every session. It’ll be worth it!

5. I have co-founders. How many of us can participate in the program?
We will only accept one person per company. Your founder will be poised to share the wealth of knowledge after each session.

6. What is Dorm Room Fund?
We're a student-run venture fund backed by First Round Capital. We invest in startups where at least one person on the founding team is a student (undergraduate or graduate). Our investment team is run by student leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the country.

7. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Courtney Andrews at [email protected] Reach out!



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