Become a Startup Scout
Boston University

Invigorate your entrepreneurial spirit! Boston University members are invited to scout for VC startup opportunities. Enjoy the key benefits of influencing future technology trends and networking with industry trailblazers.


Boston University has been a leader in the startup and venture capital ecosystem, providing numerous successful companies and investors with the resources to succeed. Founded in 1839, the university has a long history of fostering entrepreneurial and innovative ideas. Recent success stories include the popular ride-sharing app Lyft, which was co-founded by Boston University graduate John Zimmer, and the internet security company CloudFlare, founded by former Boston University professor Matthew Prince.

The university offers a wide array of resources to assist students and alumni in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Boston University's Entrepreneurship Center provides mentoring, classes, and pitch competitions as well as access to the Idea Accelerator, a summer program that provides students with the skills and resources to launch their own startups. The university also provides financial support to its startup and venture capital ecosystem, offering funding in the form of grants, fellowships, and scholarships, as well as the ability to access venture capital funding through the university's venture capital fund.

Boston University is also home to a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and investors. The university's Office of Technology Development provides mentoring, workshops, and resources to help students and alumni develop their business ideas. Boston University also hosts an annual Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Conference to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Additionally, the university partners with organizations such as the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center and the Massachusetts Angel Investment Network to provide resources to students and alumni seeking to launch new businesses.

Boston University has seen great success in its startup and venture capital ecosystem and is a leader in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. The university offers an array of resources to help students and alumni get their businesses off the ground, as well as access to financial support and a vibrant network of entrepreneurs and investors. Success stories include Lyft, founded by Boston University graduate John Zimmer, and CloudFlare, founded by former professor Matthew Prince. With the university’s continued support and guidance, future entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will be sure to find success in the Boston University startup and venture capital ecosystem.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with the dynamic entrepreneurial community at Boston University! We offer dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovators coming from the University. Explore the possibilities and invest with confidence!

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