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Stanford sophomores launch global network for student-led start-up accelerators


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 4th, 2021

Two sophomores at Stanford University have launched a global network to help student entrepreneurs get access to funding and support.

The College Ventures Network (CVN) connects over 30 student-led start-up accelerators across the U.S., Canada and the UK. According to CVN co-founders Grant Gordon and Michelle Schwartzman, the network enables start-ups to share their knowledge and experience, in addition to providing them with funding opportunities.

Gordon says CVN is meant to address the lack of venture funding available to student entrepreneurs outside of tech hubs like Boston or Silicon Valley.

“Software is more global than ever, and talent always has been,” Gordon says. “It’s about time opportunity in venture [financing] was too.”

As part of its launch, CVN hosted a “Demo Day” in which 18 start-ups pitched their ideas to a geographically diverse group of nearly 200 investors. Gordon says the goal of the event “was

to model a venture ecosystem where every student founder, no matter where they study, has an even shot at success.”

CVN also benefits the accelerators, allowing them to share best practices and providing them with guidance on how to operate successfully. The network also helps students who are in the process of launching a new accelerator.

“College Ventures Network is exactly what the college start-up ecosystem needs at this moment,” says CVN member and start-up founder Andrew White. “I cannot wait to see the tremendous impact this effort is going to make in supporting student founders over the years to come.”

Source: The Stanford Daily

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