_U First

With _U First, we are redefining earliest stage venture business by enabling an investment process that invests in the best people who will build the next best tech companies. The _U First programs provide student and first-time entrepreneurs with the resources they need for a seamless and uninterrupted path from conception onwards. By providing them with these resources, entrepreneurs can spend their energy building their business – not worrying about what resource they need to tap next.  _U First puts the founder first.

The Student Founder Program

A five-month educational program that gives student founders the opportunity to figure out their business directly alongside not only a venture capital firm, but successful tech founders, industry executives, product managers, and other student founders. Founders in this program are given access to fortnightly working studios with mentors from our Core Community, peer mentoring experiences, and gap financing to support them as they actually move the needle on their business. The Student Founder Program gives students the foundation they need to get their business off the ground.

Peer Mentors

If you’re not a student founder but still love building companies, don’t worry — we still want you involved. With the Student Founder Program, we are bringing together student peer mentors from all disciplines and backgrounds who share a common passion about starting up. We’re creating a community of students that build together.

You’re right for this program if you want:

  • Late-night whiteboarding sessions
  • Great conversations with successful young founders and professionals from the Boston tech community
  • A close-knit community of student founders and builders to create and innovate with
  • Guidance building your value proposition, product-market fit, and business model.

The First-Time Founder Program

An investment program that enables transformative early-stage founders to build and validate their business alongside of us and other like minded founders. Founders in this program get curated mentor relationships from our Core Community, hands-on incubation in our new office space, access to advantageous strategic partners & resources, and dynamic financing to create a continuous funding and support parth from Seed to Series A and beyond. We want to work alongside entrepreneurs at the earliest stage so we can offer them everything they need to succeed — and make sure they can focus solely on building their business.

You’re right for this program if you want:

  • A hands-on opportunity to build and validate your business alongside a VC
  • Valuable mentor relationships with industry professionals & executives in your domain
  • A strong investor relationship and consistent funding path from Seed to Series A
  • Collaborative space to start with other early-stage founders
  • Exclusive access to strategic partners & resources to work with

We’re currently working with a cohort of founders and are not taking any more applications at this time. Please send us an email if you’d like more information on the program, or want sign up for updates for the next application round.

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