Become a Startup Scout
Purdue University

Join us as a VC startup scout and delve into the captivating world of venture capitalism. Discover untapped potential, broaden your network, and enhance your analytical skills. Purdue University members, your insights can spark innovation.


Purdue University is known for its thriving startup and Venture Capitalist (VC) ecosystem. This is largely attributable to the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. The Purdue Foundry aims to help Purdue students, faculty, and local alumni move ideas to the marketplace more quickly. It provides a range of services, from idea development and market research, to business plan creation, and funding.

One of the University’s most successful startups is Endocyte, a pharmaceutical company specializing in the development of targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Endocyte was founded by Purdue Professor Philip Low, and was acquired by Novartis in 2018 for $2.1 billion.

Another significant success story is that of Scott Dorsey, a Purdue graduate who co-founded ExactTarget, a provider of digital marketing automation and analytics software. ExactTarget was acquired by Salesforce in 2013 for $2.5 billion.

Further highlighting Purdue's strong entrepreneurial culture is the Anvil, the largest student-run entrepreneurial organization in the United States. The Anvil provides resources such as workspace, networking events, and mentorship to student startups.

A unique initiative at Purdue University is the Deliberate Innovation for Faculty (DIFF), which encourages faculty members to consider the commercial possibilities of their research. This program has successfully fostered a culture of innovation across the various departments at the university.

The University also has a robust VC scene with Purdue Ventures, a $12 million fund dedicated to supporting investment-worthy, high-growth companies that are based on Purdue technology or expertise in the STEM areas.

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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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?

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Event Organiser

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

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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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