Rebel Venture Capital Fund

Supporting Student Start-up Businesses

The Rebel Venture Capital Fund is an alumni established non-profit entity created to financially support student start-up business with seed money grants. It is chartered as a 501c (3) and is separate from the university. It receives its financial resources from donations from alumni and other parties interested in supporting Ole Miss student start-up businesses.

The Rebel Venture Capital Fund investment committee meets twice yearly and evaluates applications for grants from qualified student-led start-up businesses. Grants awarded currently range from $500-$5,000. Upon receiving a grant one of the RVCF board members becomes an informal advisor to the company and the company provides periodic reports to the Fund. The RVCF is not an equity-seeking entity.

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For individuals, companies, or institutions interested in contributing to the Rebel Venture Capital Fund please contact the CIE.

The Rebel Venture Fund was created to help students. It provides a valuable source of start-up funding to get a student business off the ground. Student companies receiving grants include:

Portfolio Companies

The fund has, to date, funded these companies:

  • Chasing Ten Figures  – A clothing line endorsing hard work and its rewards
  • Geeks N’ Gigs – A web portal to connect students with part-time work in the Oxford Community
  • Vault Entertainment  – A student-run provider of entertainment and tailgating services
  • Zen Careers   – eHarmony meets Vault in a job portal that helps you connect with jobs you’ll love
  • Impster- An anonymous social media polling app where users can post questions and have other friends and users make decisions for them
  • Curtsy- A fashion phone app that allows users to rent clothing from their closet based on their GPS location
  • Polar Peak- A new, customizable concept drink cooler and holder
  • Okay2Eat- An app startup for individuals with dietary restrictions that provides dietary notifications at partnered locations

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