What is the USC Venture Fund?


USC Marshall Venture Fund

Student analysts source deals from the USC community for the purpose of equity-based investment in Trojan startups.

The USC Marshall Fund invests and receives equity in early-stage ventures led by USC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 
The mission of the fund is to:

  • Bridge the funding gap for early stage, higher risk USC-related companies;

  • Train students how to evaluate, make, and manage venture investments;

  • Involve and leverage enthusiastic alumni, advisors, experts, and donors to support and accelerate USC ventures; and

  • Contribute to the economy, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southern California.

How does it work?

  1. Under the guidance of USC faculty, staff, and investment experts, USC students interested in venture capital investing receive training on how to source deals, perform due diligence, evaluate potential investments, write investment memos, and manage portfolio companies.

  2. A volunteer investment committee comprised of experienced investors from LA and Silicon Valley, and USC supporters, meet and make investment recommendations on the companies proposed by students.

  3. The fund provides capital in exchange for convertible equity pursuant to the widely used SAFE documents.  If an investment yields a profit (via liquidity event), then the returns go back into the fund for future investments, thereby making the fund evergreen.

If you are interested in getting involved in the fund as a student, advisor, or investor, please contact venturefund@marshall.usc.edu. If you are interested in pitching a USC-related venture for investment, please see eligibility criteria and proceed with the instructions.

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