The Deming Center Venture Fund (DCVF) provides an applied educational experience in venture capital for a multidisciplinary group of graduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder. We seek to make an impact in the Colorado private investment community and entrepreneurial ecosystem. DCVF strives to provide an equitable and inclusive experience for its members, board, and the companies and individuals with which it engages.
DCVF aspires to propel the Colorado Startup & VC community forward by using our unique position as a student-led venture capital fund to uplift and empower all individuals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including those who are less proximal to opportunity.
We Value Education: We are curious. Inquisitive. We ask “Why?”. We are lifelong learners whether we are current students or experienced VCs. Our commitment to education is what brings us all together.
We Value Ambition: We are driven. Focused. We go above and beyond. We are known as dedicated, professional, and hardworking. We share an internal motivation to contribute our best and hold each other accountable.
We Value Innovation: We are forward-thinking. Creative. Committed to driving change. Making an Impact. We know entrepreneurship and innovation go hand in hand and they are the nature of our work.
We Value Diversity: We are a multidisciplinary group of graduate students. We come from different backgrounds. Have different stories. Bring different and unique perspectives to the table. Our diversity makes us stronger and even more impactful as a team.
We Value Community: We are approachable. Welcoming. Inclusive. We connect Colorado founders and investors to our academic resources and broader networks. We are committed to building community.
DEI Commitment and Vision for the Future
We are committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all we do. It is interwoven in our culture, our systems and process, and our success metrics.
We will be a fund that leads by example, showcasing how to operationalize DEI best practices in venture, being transparent about our practices and progress toward DEI goals, and by being a resource center for the greater Colorado VC and Startup community.