The USC Marshall Fund invests and receives equity in ventures led by USC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The mission of the fund is to:
- Help bridge the funding gap for USC-related companies by participating in early-stage rounds;
- Amplify the impact of USC-related companies by participating opportunistically in later-stage rounds;
- Train undergraduate and graduate students to evaluate, make, and manage venture investments;
- Involve and leverage enthusiastic alumni, advisors, experts, and donors to support and accelerate USC-related companies; and
- Contribute to the economy, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southern California.
How it Works:
- Under the guidance of USC faculty, staff, and venture experts, USC students interested in venture capital investing receive training on how to source deals, perform diligence, evaluate potential investments, write investment memos, and manage portfolio companies;
- A volunteer investment committee comprised of experienced investors from Southern California and Silicon Valley meet and make investment recommendations on the companies proposed by students; and
- The fund provides capital in exchange for convertible debt, convertible equity, or equity pursuant to the deal documents. When an investment yields a profit (via liquidity event), 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 donor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in pitching a USC-related venture for investment, please see eligibility criteria and proceed with the instructions.