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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has been fostering the startup and venture capital ecosystem. Notable alumni include David Miller, who co-founded the successful startup, Drafted, inc, a network recruiting platform.

Many other students and graduates from RPI have launched successful startups. Desai Accelerator, The Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the RPI Incubator Program are some of the initiatives that RPI has established to support budding entrepreneurs and startups. Other resources such as the Emerging Ventures Ecosystem, RPI's hub for entrepreneurship education also act as a great stepping stone for instigating and nurturing innovation.

Contributing to the VC ecosystem, the Rensselaer Entrepreneur Network (RENET) is a forum for venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, RPI alumni, and friends of RPI. It promotes the sharing of ideas, networking, and the development of companies started by RPI students and alumni.

RPI also boasts the STS Futures Lab, where students can develop and test ideas in a safe, encouraging environment. In addition, the university offers the IDEA course, designed to help student entrepreneurs understand and navigate the legal issues related to founding a new company. This invaluable resource has already helped guide a number of successful startups.

Throughout RPI's history, a number of successful companies have emerged from these initiatives. One example is Vital Vio, a company co-founded by RPI graduate Colleen Costello, that develops antimicrobial LED lighting to combat bacteria and infection in healthcare environments. This company has raised millions in venture capital funding. Another example is Ecovative Design, launched by Eben Bayer, RPI alumnus, which is a biomaterials company that develops home-compostable packaging and has received significant venture funding.

Beyond startups, many successful individuals in the venture capital world also have ties to RPI. This includes Howard Morgan, RPI alumnus and co-founder of First Round Capital, a highly successful seed-stage venture fund.

In conclusion, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows a strong commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation amongst its students and alumni.

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Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

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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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