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Student-run evergreen fund supporting Brown-affiliated startups.


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

An evergreen fund, VWV’s investment gains are invested back into the fund, ensuring that it remains a permanent supporter of Brown University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. VWV writes $25,000 to $50,000 checks, ordinarily following the terms of the lead investor or invested via a SAFE note with a cap and discount. Initial funding for Van Wickle Ventures has been generously provided by Robert ’75 and Erna Place ’76.

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