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Backstage at 36|86: Rei Wang

An investor, educator, product manager and marketer, Rei Wang has done it all. She calls herself a community builder, and considering she spends every day growing America’s student startup ecosystem, we couldn’t agree more.

Rei is the National Director of Dorm Room Fund, a student-run venture fund powered by First Round that backs student founders across the country, where she oversees 36 student investors across 19 universities. Rei was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for her work in venture capital, and she just launched VCWiz, a tool that helps first-time founders find investors.

At 36|86, Rei will leverage her background as a startup jack-of-all-trades to offer advice on bootstrapping and going to market as she moderates two can’t miss sessions with other powerful investors from across the region.

Hear what Rei has to say:

  • How to Bootstrap – In this Fireside Chat, Rei will talk with Atlanta Venture’s David Cummings about why he chose not to take venture dollars and the key missteps to avoid.
  • Go to Market Right the First TimeRei will join Abe Minkara as he shares Mark Cuban Companies’ go-to-market strategies their portfolio companies use to nail their launch strategies.
  • Rei will judge the 36|86: Student Edition pitch competition which brings together top student founders from across Tennessee to meet with mentors and present to an expert panel for the chance to take home funding for their startups.

All about Dorm Room Fund
Founded by Josh Kopelman, Dorm Room Fund began investing in students in 2012. Today, its portfolio is valued at over $1 billion, and multiple portfolio companies have raised rounds of $10+ million in the last six months alone. So, not only is Dorm Room Fund one of the biggest student ventures in the nation, but it’s also created the strongest community of student founders.

Dorm Room Fund helps founders go from early to seed stage and beyond. Not only does it give students the funds they need to build their businesses, but it also offers access to top mentors, like founders from BuzzFeed and Venmo, and invites student founders into a community of fellow entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors.

Fun Fact
As if running Dorm Room Fund doesn’t already make Rei the coolest, her side hustle makes her ice cold. Rei designs and sells swag, then donates the proceeds to nonprofits that support girls in STEM. Another fun fact: Rei brings joy and laughter to followers of her @lovemamawang Instagram account. The source of her content? Amazing texts from her mom.

Learn more about Rei and Dorm Room Fund at 36|86!

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