Join the Contrary team as a Venture Partner at your university.

Contrary is a venture fund backed by the world's most iconic entrepreneurs that identifies and invests in exceptional talent.

We invest up to $2M in a small number of startups across North America each year, and work closely alongside them to build enduring businesses.

Each year, we assemble a team of ~100 student Venture Partners (VPs) at nearly every major research university across America. We are a diverse group of founders, engineers, designers, hustlers, researchers, writers, and everything in between.

Contrary wouldn't exist without our VP network. In many ways, Contrary is the VP network.

That's why we're so excited to recruit the next generation of students to join the Contrary family.

Being a Venture Partner

Your job as a Venture Partner is to be the go-to resource for founders on campus. One day you might grab coffee with someone working on a side project. The next day, you might research the consumer fintech space because we're evaluating a relevant company. You'll learn how to make investment decisions, how to tell a story, and how to build a startup.

We look for independent thinkers with diverse experiences -- underestimated backgrounds make for the best investors! Previous Contrary VPs have given up a career as a pro climber to attend college, written apps with 100k+ downloads, and filmed a documentary in the Arctic. We are not looking for a specific VP archetype. The only requirements are that you love tech and entrepreneurship, and will put in the time and effort to make the most of the opportunity.

Contrary Retreat

Ultimately there are a lot of reasons to join Contrary. You might want to dive deep into the venture world and get rigorous investing experience and learnings you can't get anywhere else. Or perhaps you simply want a good excuse to talk to smart people hacking on interesting projects. Above all else, we hope that you lean into the community and build bonds lasting a lifetime.

All the details you'll need

  • We will review applications as they come in, so apply now.

    • For Stanford, Dartmouth, UCLA, and UCSD, the deadline is September 30th.

    • For UChicago, the deadline is October 8th.

    • For all other schools, the deadline is September 17th at 11:59pm PT.

  • We generally prefer people with more than one year of school left, but have made exceptions in the past, especially for MBA students.

  • Our process will include 3 steps: a chat with a member of the Contrary HQ team, a casual interview with the other Contrary VPs at your school, and a conversation with our founder Eric.

  • Reach out to [email protected] with any additional questions. We're always happy to chat.

  • The Venture Partner role is a school-year commitment that lasts until you graduate.

Genuinely, we can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to reading your applications!