367

Backers

$3,536,300

Offered

316

Upstarts

14

Months of Repayment

3,056

Payments to Backers

0

Defaults

How upstarts use the funds

Start-business

Start a Business

Make a product, test a market, build a team.

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Retire-student-loans

Retire Student Loans

Free yourself from fixed monthly payments.

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Learn-to-code

Learn to Code

Acquire skills to increase your earning potential.

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Kickstart-savings

Kickstart Savings

An approach to financing that's always affordable.

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Access to capital on fair and flexible terms

Money is often essential to building a successful and rewarding career. By borrowing from their future
selves, upstarts can make the best decisions for their lives today. And because repayments are a small,
fixed share of income, they're always affordable (unlike loans).

Michael Ulin
Michael Ulin
Michael Ulin
Michael Ulin
Startup Institute '13
Emory University grad and McKinsey hire seeking funds to attend a coding bootcamp to develop his technical skills.
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Paul Foley
Paul Foley
Paul Foley
Paul Foley
University of Michigan '11
Start-up and software system enthusiast seeking funds to grow his software consulting company.
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Jieyuan Ding
Jieyuan Ding
Jieyuan Ding
Jieyuan Ding
University of Rochester '14
University of Rochester senior seeking funds to pay for his last year of undergrad.
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Rachel Honeth Kim
Rachel Honeth Kim
Rachel Honeth Kim
Rachel Honeth Kim
Harvard Business School '11
Former Googler & Harvard MBA graduate seeking funds to create an e-commerce cosmetics business.
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Nathan Sharp
Nathan Sharp
Nathan Sharp
Nathan Sharp
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth '12
Dartmouth MBA building a retail services startup and retiring student loans.
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Jordan Elpern Waxman
Jordan Elpern Waxman
Jordan Elpern Waxman
Jordan Elpern Waxman
Wharton- UPenn '09
Wharton MBA graduate and former venture capitalist seeking funds to grow his craft beer business.
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Aj Agrawal
Aj Agrawal
Aj Agrawal
Aj Agrawal
Maker's Academy '13
University of San Diego graduate seeking funds to attend a developer bootcamp in London.
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Shefali Kumar Friesen
Shefali Kumar Friesen
Shefali Kumar Friesen
Shefali Kumar Friesen
General Assembly '12
Entrepreneur, producer & singer looking to take patent-pending mobile technology to market, and complete production of solo album.
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Alicia Ortiz
Alicia Ortiz
Alicia Ortiz
Alicia Ortiz
Trinity College '12
Biochemist seeking funds to pay off student debt and support her family.
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Tiffany Cooper
Tiffany Cooper
Tiffany Cooper
Tiffany Cooper
Rhode Island School of Design '12
RISD graduate looking to retire student loans to launch a career in visual arts and start an animation studio.
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Trina Spear
Trina Spear
Trina Spear
Trina Spear
Harvard Business School '11
Harvard MBA building a fashionable medical apparel company - FIGS scrubs.
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Jeremy Glapion
Jeremy Glapion
Jeremy Glapion
Jeremy Glapion
Harvard Law School '12
Harvard Law School graduate retiring student loans to achieve more flexibility in career.
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Kirk Portas
Kirk Portas
Kirk Portas
Kirk Portas
Yale University '10
Yale graduate and founder of a technology consulting practice looking to invest in his skills and experiences.
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Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney
Northwestern University '12
Northwestern Law graduate seeking funds to complete Patent Bar eligibility.
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Luke Shuffield
Luke Shuffield
Luke Shuffield
Luke Shuffield
Duke University '13
Duke University graduate looking to retire student loans and focus on building business and technical skills.
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Invest in people - literally

Venture capitalists say they invest in people, but our backers do it for real. While most new businesses
fail, talented people tend to succeed over time. And by supporting upstarts with advice and
introductions, backers can help them - and their investments - go further.

Read our investment case
Craig Walker
Craig Walker
Founder and CEO at Firespotter Labs
Jocelyn Ding
Jocelyn Ding
Vice President at Google
Frank Moss
Frank Moss
Professor in Practice, MIT Media Lab
Susan Tenney
Susan Tenney
Nurse practitioner, baker, blogger
Brennan O'Donnell
Brennan O'Donnell
Vice President at SurveyMonkey
Amy Palmer
Amy Palmer
Artist
Geoff Moller
Geoff Moller
Software Engineer at Yammer, Inc.
Dolly Parikh
Dolly Parikh
Experience design strategist
Sami Inkinen
Sami Inkinen
Cofounder of Trulia.com
Jennifer Aaker
Jennifer Aaker
Stanford GSB Professor of Marketing
Mat Balez
Mat Balez
VP of Product, Airtime
Nikhil Mehta
Nikhil Mehta
EIR at Accel Partners
Micki Klearman
Micki Klearman
Senior Medical Director, Genentech
Josh Kopelman
Josh Kopelman
Entrepreneur. VC. Nerd.
Brad Feld
Brad Feld
Managing Director at Foundry Group
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New! Upstart partners with leading coding schools

We're excited to announce partnerships with General Assembly, Dev Bootcamp, Launch
Academy
, Starter School, Metis, Code Fellows, and Coder Camps, to allow their students to finance their education. Learn more