Apply for Funding

If you’re a mission-driven founder building a technology company to address one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals, we want to hear from you! Please email us at hello@better.vc with “Apply for Funding” in the subject line and include information on your company and founding team. We also encourage you to send your deck. Note that we invest in US-based pre-seed and seed stage companies with a minimum of two co-founders, one of whom is technical, focused on enterprise software with less than $1M raised previously. Please see our homepage for more information on our current investment themes. We encourage all Bay Area applicants to attend an upcoming Mission Driven event, which is a great way for us to get to know you better and vice versa.

Mission Driven Entrepreneurs in Residence

Better Ventures is seeking underrepresented founders with big ideas to change the world through technology to join us as Mission Driven Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs). We recently moved into a beautiful new brick-and-timber office loft in the heart of Uptown Oakland, and we plan to use our extra space to help a diverse group of founders get their companies off the ground. This is part of our ongoing effort through our Mission Driven program to catalyze an inclusive tech ecosystem in Oakland that reflects the diversity of this great city.  Mission Driven EIRs will get full access to our space rent free for up to six months along with mentorship from our team.  Investment from Better Ventures may follow, based upon fit within our investment themes and traction during the residency. This initiative is intended to be a springboard to help launch new companies rather than a permanent office solution, as we plan to cycle in new founders on an ongoing basis.

Interested founders should reach out to us by emailing eir@better.vc with “Mission Driven EIR” in the subject line.  Please include a short description of your company or idea and LinkedIn profiles of each of your founders.  To qualify, you should be in the process of launching a mission-driven technology company focused on one of our investment themes and have a minimum of two founders (i.e. CEO and CTO), at least one of whom is part of an underrepresented group in tech/venture capital. Priority will be given to teams based in Oakland or the greater East Bay, highly technical founders, and companies/ideas in the following areas: future of work, education, digital health, sustainable food systems, clean energy, and smart cities.

 

 

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