Van Wickle Ventures

Our Mission:


Van Wickle Ventures (VWV) is a student-run venture fund that invests across all stages in Brown and RISD-affiliated companies. Inspired by the characteristically Brown spirit of innovation, VWV backs the university’s groundbreaking students, faculty, and alumni.


What We Do



Get introductions to our experienced Investment Committee and advisors through VWV and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.


Access to Students

Looking for amazing talent in software engineering, design and other fields? Need beta-testers? Trying to reach the 18-25 year old market? VWV has you covered.


Great co-investors

VWV brings outsize benefits for minimal equity. We move quickly and never crowd anyone out.


Support the Brown & RISD entrepreneurial ecosystem

VWV is a unique opportunity to give back to your alma mater’s students and alumni.


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Why Brown & RISD

Alumni Ventures

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By The Numbers


Brown has the highest exit valuation per startup

Brown has the highest exit valuation per startup produced of any university. That figure doesn't include Brown ventures that have high valuations but have not exited, such as Casper (valued at $1.1 billion), Warby Parker ($1.75 billion), and Away ($700 million).


$15 B

Total Exit Value by Brown startups since 2010

According to the PitchBook 2017 Universities Report, since 2010, 38 Brown startups have exited for a total of $14.7 billion. That total trails just Stanford ($35.0 billion) and University of Michigan ($19.7 billion).



Computer Science Graduates since 2014

CS is the most popular concentration at Brown since 2016, surpassing Economics for the past several years.


Contact Us

Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

1 Euclid Avenue

Providence, RI 02906

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