As a founder, fundraising can be difficult - even more so when you are a student and balancing multiple conflicting schedules. Is it best to go with Angel funding, crowdfunding or approach a venture capitalist? Many do not know the subtleties that come with the different rounds and types of funding - the partners at Contrary Capital can help break it down for you.


  • Keynote: 4-4:30 PM
  • Pitch Competition: 4:30 - 5:15 PM
  • Food + Networking session: 5:15-6PM

Who’s the speaker?

Eric Tarczynski, Managing Partner of Contrary Capital Eric was previously an early employee at a Y Combinator backed startup, Kamcord, and tried to start two businesses of his own while a student at Northeastern University. Following his early ventures with entrepreneurship, Eric decided to start a venture capital fund that exclusively invests in university-level startups. Eric spent the 2016-2017 school year testing this model across various universities, and has since raised his first fund size of $7M.

What is Contrary Capital?

Contrary Capital is a decentralized Venture Capital seed-fund focused on empowering the next-generation of university-based entrepreneurs.Contrary works with a team of 100 student investors across the 55 universities, making investments between $50,000 and $200,000 in student startups. The fund is backed by prominent LPs, most of which have started $1B+ companies such as Tesla, Twitch and SoFi. Portfolio companies include UCSD’s Additive Rocket Corporation.

Who should attend?

If you’re a current student founder, or even just simply interested in entrepreneurship or venture capital this event provides an incredible networking opportunity and a chance to meet with Contrary Capital and raise your first round of funding.


  • Space is limited, and to ensure that you get in please RSVP for free here.
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  • If you would like to pitch what you’re working on at this event, please contact us ASAP!!