HOF Capital is particularly interested in working with universities and current students. We work with the academic community along several axes.
- Raise money for your early-stage company.
Of course, we welcome proposals for investable companies. Please review first our pitch checklist.
- Join HOF and our portfolio companies as an employee or intern.
Year-round, HOF Capital tries to have 2-3 full-time (30+ hours/week) interns. Our portfolio companies are also always looking for talented people. Developers and designers are in especially high demand, but our portfolio companies are also hiring in sales, marketing, operations, accounting, business development, security, media, customer service, recruiting, engineering, and QA.
- Become a HOF Capital Ambassador.
HOF selectively partners with 1-2 students or recent graduates from major universities via our Ambassador program, to help us identify companies and talent which should be on our radar.
- Include HOF team members on your campus as a guest speaker.
HOF Partners have presented at universities including Columbia Business School, UC Berkeley Haas, National University of Singapore, New York University, Technion Israel Institute of Technology MBA Program, Wharton School, and Yale School of Management. We have presented on many topics in entrepreneurship, investing, as well as on how to “hack the university”.
- Partner with HOF to execute research on topics of mutual interest.
For example, one of our Partners worked with a team of three Columbia MBAs (ex-McKinsey and BCG consultants) on a research study on “Best Practices of Venture Capitalists in Increasing the Value of Portfolio Companies.” He provided research materials, guidance, and introductions to interviewees (VCs, entrepreneurs, accelerators, etc.). The students published the paper in the Journal of Private Equity and numerous other influential media. The students got an A, and the paper was the most-read paper in the Journal for the year following publication. Students benefit from addressing real life business challenges, the opportunity to get published, and exposure to potential employers who get to see these potential employees/ entrepreneurs in action.
- Get advice on university-based angel group initiatives.
One of our Partners founded Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, now the largest angel group on the East Coast. We speak regularly with other universities interested in expanding their alumni angel investing activities.
We welcome new ideas on how to work with the university community; just contact us.