Contrary is a university-focused venture fund that invests in the dozen most promising teams from universities across the country each year. Backed by founders of Facebook, Tesla, Reddit, and many more, we spend three months each summer building alongside our founders and facilitating access to the world’s best entrepreneurs and investors.
We bias towards action, holding 1:1 office hours and connecting you only with people who will move the needle for you and your company. In previous summers, we’ve had friends like Ryan Hoover (ProductHunt), Leah Busque (TaskRabbit) and Andrew Chen (a16z) do just that.
The program has an exceptional track record, with ~90% of our teams raising follow-on capital, the majority of which come from top-tier funds including Sequoia, Founders Fund, and Kleiner Perkins.
Today, we’re opening up applications to join us in San Francisco this summer from June 15th through mid-September.
For those accepted, we’ll invest up to 500k — depending on your company’s needs — before the program begins via SAFE.
If you’re a university-based entrepreneur or recent grad building something for the long-run, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
We evaluate teams on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better. We will stop accepting applications on April 1st.
If you have any questions, please shoot a note to [email protected]