We identify and support student-run companies at ten universities
A disproportionate amount of our world has been shaped by the innovation coming out of these universities. They have become a magnet and breeding ground for students who have ideas and a drive to realize them. Prototype Capital has created a network to identify and support the next generation of innovators across these campuses.
A student-run venture
Prototype Capital offers students an opportunity to learn-by-doing in venture capital, with resources and mentorship from experienced professionals.
Investing in student-run companies
We specialize in providing seed stage funding to student-run companies. Our organization has student teams at each of our campuses, and they are in a unique position to identify new companies as they are being formed.
Focused on innovation and STEM
Research and innovation in in energy, water, and agriculture is strong across all of our campuses, but we are open to hearing about innovation in any field.
Awesome services like free access to Stripe, Salesforce for Startups, Fiverr, Moo.com, AWS, and and access to other awesome partners
All of our partners are successful entrepreneurs, hustlers, engineers, or venture capitalists
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Nick is a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. His research is in engineering design methods for community-level energy and water infrastructure in developing economies. Prior to Stanford, Nick spent three years as a member of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium at UC Berkeley, where he carried out research in next-generation civil nuclear power reactors. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UC San Diego, a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Nandeet an Edison scholar and an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in History, minoring in both Entrepreneurship and Global Studies, while simultaneously fulfilling the pre medical requirements. His highlights during his time at UCLA are highlighted by founding and leading an entrepreneurial organization (Venture: The Entrepreneur Society) and working on his own startup. In the past two years he has interned at various vc firms and the Space Angels network. Beyond that his experience consists of researching TBI (traumatic brain injury) at NeuralAnalytics and completing various internships for companies such as Samsung, Dell, Ubisoft, and T-mobile.
University of Nottingham
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Peter is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned degrees in business administration as well as social & behavioral psychology. He has spent the past two years as an analyst in the Californian and Hawaiian real estate industry. He is pursuing a graduate degree from the University of Nottingham, focusing on banking and finance.
Rajat is an entrepreneur, book author, and a student at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently building up ThirdEye (ThirdEyeGlass.com), a product that empowers visually impaired persons by verbally recognizing what they are looking at. Rajat believes that all schools should encourage entrepreneurship and highlights his views on how we can fix our currently broken education system in his book "What High School Didn’t Teach Me: A Recent Graduate’s Perspective on How High Schools are Killing Creativity". He also writes in Forbes and HuffPost about incorporating entrepreneurship into schools.
Director of External Relations
& Campus Partner
Parul is a junior at Caltech double majoring in Chemical Engineering (BS) and Business Economics (BS). She's one of 500 female engineers selected nationwide for the 10XList class of 2017. Highlights of her career include developing a pricing strategy for a 20% ROI on a product with over $2.5 million in sunk costs at a Fortune 500 company, starting a case competition for expanding the number of UNICEF campus initiatives from 120 to 180 with the Boston Consulting Group, and market evaluation for products with Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer.
Josh is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He does research on genome editing, imaging, and computational biology. While at Harvard, Josh co-founded Biodevices out of the Harvard iLab as well as founding the first biotech and bitcoin clubs on campus. Josh also worked in finance and was a member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club. Josh holds an A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard College.
Ted Funk is an undergraduate student at the Villanova School of Business majoring in Finance and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He is currently running his clothing brand Sonder, is involved with the Be Positive foundation seeking to make a difference in the lives of kids with pediatric cancer, and is a member of the Equity Society at Villanova, a society that actively manages a portfolio of securities for the University. Ted also has experience in law after spending a summer working for Wilkinson Law LLP. He is also one of the Founding Fathers of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Villanova University.
UC SAN DIEGO
Kyle is originally from Shanghai, China, and grew up in Miami, Florida. He is currently a third-year economics major at UC San Diego and is pursuing a career in investment banking. Prior to college, he worked for a trading firm and a commercial bank. Since his freshman year, he has held two summer internships at an M&A advisory firm and a boutique investment bank. Additionally, he is currently a Senior Analyst covering energy and healthcare sectors at the Student Foundation Investment Committee, a half-million endowment fund at UC San Diego.
Bella started her career as an auditor at Deloitte China, followed by three years of venture investing at Guosen H&S Venture Investment. Bella has language proficiency in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Accounting and Finance from Marietta College, and is currently a MBA candidate at USC Marshall.
Jimmy is a senior at Cornell University with interests at the crossroads of biotechnology, health technology, and entrepreneurship. At Cornell, he has manages the business development team at a startup incubator and helped professors commercialize their life science inventions. He co-founded a global nonprofit that provides education opportunities for disabled children in Haiti, and is the President of the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board. His research is focuses on stem cell technology, tissue engineering, and gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9.
Daniel is a New York City based serial entrepreneur whose unique talent is capturing digital trends. He built Spiro X1 while in still high school, is a proud recipient of the prestigious Venture for America fellowship, and currently serves as the Founder and Executive Producer at Color Lab Creative, as well as the Founder and CEO of Vibrind. He has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Digital Trends, and Gizmag.
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Currently the Executive Vice President at Machine Shop Ventures, Kiel previously worked at Creative Artists Agency in Entertainment Marketing and International Corporate Development focused on global expansion initiatives. Prior to CAA, Kiel helped grow an influencer marketing startup to be the on Inc. Fastest Growing Company list for 3 consecutive years. Prior to working with the startup, Kiel began his career at JPMorgan Investment Banking for 4 years, working and living in New York, London, and Johannesburg. Kiel attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton undergraduate program, majoring in Economics.
DFJ (Formerly Pritzker Group)
Chirag is based in Pritzker Group Venture Capital’s Los Angeles office. He is actively involved in the sourcing, diligence and oversight of several companies, including Casper, Dollar Shave Club, HelloGiggles, The Honest Company, Mapbox, PureWow, Retention Science, and Women.com. Prior to Pritzker Group, Chirag held roles at SV Angel, where he focused on investing in consumer internet companies and The Honest Company. Chirag holds B.A. in economics and diaspora studies from Swarthmore College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in entrepreneurial management.
Kabir is based in the center of Silicon Valley while working at Google as a Program Manager for the Google for Work org to help bring order to the chaos of prioritizing, resourcing, and managing a portfolio of projects within one of the most used enterprise collaboration tools. He was born and raised in Southern California and quickly moved up to the bay to obtain his B.A. in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. At 20, post-graduation, Kabir began his career as an Analyst for Google Search; he also founded Brush with Bamboo, a consumer product providing one of few alternatives to plastic toothbrushes.
Powerplant Ventures, Steamboat Ventures, Technorati
Dan is a the founder and CEO of 11X and managing partner at KnightX. Previously, he was a General Partner of Steamboat Ventures and co-founder of Technorati. Dan has spent the last 20 years in technology and finance as an investor, entrepreneur and operator. Dan’s prior investments include Playdom, acquired by The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), MoveNetworks, acquired by EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), and Greystripe, acquired by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK). Dan received a BS in computer science as a distinguished graduate of the US Naval Academy in 1986, and received an MBA in finance from The Wharton School in 1998.
Greg Selkoe is the founder of streetwear retailer Karmaloop.com. He was born and raised in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Selkoe has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Selkoe started his career as an Urban Planner for the city of Boston (Boston Redevelopment Authority) before he started Karmaloop.com in 2000. In 2012 Selkoe was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Ecommerce Category for N.E. In 2009 Selkoe was selected as one of the top 25 most influential entrepreneurs under 35 in the United States and was invited to participate in a White House summit for young business leaders.
Eddie started his career in New York where he worked at UBS Investment Bank and Goldman Sachs. He transitioned into marketing at Adobe before switching to the entertainment industry at Live Nation/Ticketmaster, where he led partnerships in corporate concert strategy and marketing. Eddie has since founded MentorMint, a marketplace for students to receive online career coaching from professionals in their field. Eddie served as student-body president of the University of Southern California MBA program, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Edward Lando is the Co-Founder of Horizons School of Technology that finds the most promising young people around the world and gives them all the advantages they need to launch their successful careers in tech. He is an active angel investor in San Francisco and New York and has invested in startups like Apptopia, ZeroCater, Sawyer, The Infatuation, and FrenchFounders. In the past he was the Co-Founder of GovPredict (YC S'14), the Co-Founder of Black V Neck Club, and an intern of StartX. He graduated from Wharton.
Noah Ready-Campbell company Twice (www.liketwice.com) was bought by eBay, raised $23m from Andreesen Horowitz, and Noah scaled the company up to over 50 people. He has been named both Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc Magazine 30 Under 30; Noah completed his BS Econ from Wharton, BS/MS in CS from Penn and was previously a product manager at Google.
We will start funding companies in Summer 2016