Become a Startup Scout
Dartmouth College

Join the exciting role of a VC startup scout and tap into the world of venture capitalism. Enjoy unique networking opportunities and exposure to innovative tech startups, enhancing your skill set beyond Dartmouth College's realm.


Dartmouth College, established in 1769, showcases a vibrant startup and venture capital ecosystem. It fosters innovation and entrepreneurship through various programs and initiatives, thereby cultivating a conducive environment for budding entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

One of Dartmouth’s key initiatives is the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN), which provides resources and support for student and alumni entrepreneurs. DEN's Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator has helped numerous Dartmouth-affiliated startups to nurture their ideas and transform them into successful ventures.

A crucial part of the Dartmouth entrepreneurial ecosystem is the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. The center offers coursework, workshops, entrepreneur-in-residence programs, and startup competitions that provide both funding and mentorship opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Several Dartmouth alumni have founded successful startups. For instance, April Koh started the mental health platform Spring Health; and Jake Cacciapaglia and Jordan Eisenberg started Rowan, a piercing studio platform. Other successful startups by Dartmouth graduates include Armoire, the women’s clothing rental service founded by Ambika Singh, and Vroom, an online used car retailer founded by Allon Bloch.

An illustration of success in the VC world is Jesse Leibowitz, a Dartmouth alum who is currently a partner at Sequoia Capital. Sequoia has consistently ranked as one of the top venture capital firms in the world, and Leibowitz's role there underscores the impact that Dartmouth graduates have in the venture capital landscape.

Facing startups' challenges, Dartmouth in 2020 expanded its entrepreneurial offering with the creation of the Dartmouth Applied Learning & Innovation (DALI) Lab, offering technical and design assistance to startups.

Overall, Dartmouth College has consistently nurtured a dynamic and thriving environment for entrepreneurship and venture capital. Through its many initiatives and the success of its alumni, it continues to contribute significantly to the broader startup and VC ecosystems.

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 Dartmouth's innovative startups and invest in the future. Get exclusive dealflow opportunities directly from individuals and startups at Dartmouth College.

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Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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