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Rutgers University

Join our VC startup scout program and unearth the future of innovation at Rutgers University. Harness sharp skills and gain unique insights into the booming tech industry. Discover entrepreneurial talent and make an impact!


Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, has become an integral part of the startup and VC ecosystem, nurturing many notable startups and entrepreneurs. One of the pioneering examples includes the creation of the tech company, Johnson & Johnson, by three Rutgers University alumni Robert Wood Johnson I, James Wood Johnson, and Edward Mead Johnson.

The University encourages entrepreneurship and innovation through various initiatives such as 'The Road to Silicon Valley' program which prepares students for internships and full time employment in startups and technology companies. It has also partnered with TechLaunch, New Jersey's premier technology accelerator, for BullPen, a pitch series event to connect tech companies with investors.

Rutgers Business School hosts and sponsors numerous entrepreneurship activities including the annual business plan competition. Furthermore, Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) is a prime example of their mission to build a world-class research-driven, teaching and practitioner-oriented urban entrepreneurship and economic development program. It has, over the years, aided numerous startups and contributed meaningfully to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Rutgers.

Notable entrepreneur Greg Olsen, an American entrepreneur, engineer and scientist who, in October 2005, became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station, is a Rutgers University Alumnus. His communications component manufacturing start-up, EPITAXX, was a major contributor to the technological revolution and was eventually sold for $12 million.

Rutgers has also seen success in venture capital investment. For instance, Sir Roy Gardner, a Rutgers Alumnus, is a commanding figure in the UK venture capital scene, serving as Chairman of the supervisory board at Paine & Partners, a private equity firm. Moreover, David Chazen, another Rutgers standout, has found success as a managing partner at Tullis Health Investors.

In conclusion, Rutgers University has exemplified continuous growth and success in the startup and VC ecosystem with a rich history of entrepreneurial alumni, significant initiatives fostering entrepreneurship and a notable presence in venture capital investment.

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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Rutgers is an innovation hub and a great source of dealflow opportunities. Reach out to us and connect with individuals, startups, and innovative projects coming out of our university.

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