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.
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 $10,000 to $25,000 checks, ordinarily 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.