The Big Red Venture Capital Fund
Working with the support of Johnson alumni and faculty, one team of Fellows developed an early-stage venture capital fund to be operated entirely by a team of Johnson MBA students. The Big Red Venture Fund (BRV) offers students hands-on training in how to run a venture capital fund, including making key investment decisions. This experience gives a competitive edge to MBA candidates who are interested in sought-after jobs in the venture capital industry. Involvement in refining business plans also teaches students how to start businesses and support them through ongoing consulting. BRV typically invests up to $250,000 in U.S.-based high-growth companies across all industries. Initially funded by donations to Cornell University, BRV is a true evergreen fund, recycling all proceeds for reinvestment. Along with investing start-up capital in promising new companies, BRV also serves as the gateway to Cornell technologies by providing its investment partners unique access to new innovations.