What is Contrary?
We are a decentralized, university-focused VC firm. You can read more about us here.
Who is Contrary?
We’re made up of ~100 Venture Partners across dozens of universities. We’re also backed by the best in the world, with 80% of our Limited Partners founding $1B+ tech companies over the past decade, including Tesla, Twitch, SoFi, and MuleSoft.
Who do you invest in?
We invest in any startup touching a university — companies founded by all students (undergrad + grad), faculty, and recent graduates or those who drop out to work on their startup. We are industry agnostic and focus on businesses powered by some sort of technology.
How much do you invest?
We invest in a standardized and transparent fashion: $50k, $100k, or $200k through a SAFE for 2.5%, 5%, or 10%, respectively.
Why not a convertible note?
SAFEs are more founder-friendly and straightforward - we’re all about that.
How do you support founders?
We focus solely on bridging the gap from the first $10k-$20k that you might get from your university or our friends at Dorm Room Fund through your first true seed round.
We do that through three core mechanisms: unparalleled mentorship, a world-class network, and a summer program designed explicitly to help you bridge the gap.