We work with students, universities, and the education industry in a number of ways. Our main goals are: to understand the cutting edge of new disciplines; meet potential founders/employees; and also to help the broader technology and research community.
- Invest in new ventures founded by students or recent graduates.
See Free money for student founders and Please don’t pitch a venture capitalist without this checklist.
- Advise on angel group initiatives.
Our founder started Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, now the largest angel group on the East Coast.
- Partner with students to execute research on topics of mutual interest.
We have published original research on investment best practices in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, the Journal of Private Equity, and elsewhere. For example, we worked with a team of three Columbia MBAs (past and future McKinsey and BCG consultants) on a research study on “Best Practices of Venture Capitalists in Increasing the Value of Portfolio Companies.” For sample research topics, see our research agenda.
- Partner with faculty on promoting entrepreneurship.
See more ideas at How universities can help students and alumni work in the tech industry.
- Present on campus as a guest speaker.
We have presented at universities including Harvard, NYU, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and the National University of Singapore; and numerous business schools: Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Technion MBA Program, and Yale School of Management. We’ve posted sample presentations and videos to investors, founders, consultants, and to students specifically.
- Invest in education technology. Our founder has invested in some education tech companies in the past, although it’s not a core focus for Versatile VC. Noteably: Authorea.com (acquired by Wiley); SignUp.com; Clarity.com (sold to Goldman Sachs for reported ~$100m); Voxy.com; AskWonder.com; and FounderSuite.com.