Blueprint Project

A masterclass aimed at empowering diverse founders.

by Dorm Room Fund

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 Native American students and recent grads with an entrepreneurial mindset and a big idea. Sounds like you? Apply below.
Applications for The Blueprint Project are now closed.

...Heart Of The City

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

  1. Access to tech leaders that have walked in their shoes. Founders and venture capitalists of color offering candid advice in a safe environment.
  2. 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.
  3. Mentors that are dedicated to their success. Technical operators, masters of scale, and growth hackers are on standby to help shape their business.
  4. A community that catapults their little black book. A value-rich community of their peers, Dorm Room Fund, and the prominent First Round Capital.

Featured Speakers

Industry leaders with experience scaling big ideas.


Blank pitch deck? We’ve got you covered.

Finding Product/Market Fit
Valuing Your Potential Market
Building Your Team
Customer Acquisition
Developing a Path to Profitability
Term Sheets and Cap Tables


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!
Copyright January 2019