More funding for Philly college startups: Meet Contrary Capital - Philly


Sep. 19, 2017 9:34 am

More funding for Philly college startups: Meet Contrary Capital

The firm, launched by Princeton-based Eric Tarczinsky, is looking to drop investments in the $50,000 to $200,000 range.

The young fund has boots on the ground in 55 institutions across the country.

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Though startups from the Penn ecosystem already have a healthy supply of capital to go around, here’s a new national fund that looks to fund startups out of the Ivy League institution: newly-launched Contrary Capital.

The fund has student investors perched at 55 colleges across the country. In Philly, it’s starting out with two investors at Penn: Julia Taitz and Sanjula Weerawardhena. They’ll be responsible for the Philly area, which means they’ll also be on the lookout for startups from TempleDrexel and beyond.

Princeton, N.J.-based founder Eric Tarczinsky told that while the fund is still being locked down, Contrary Capital is expected to deploy 30 to 35 investments in the $50,000 to $200,000 range over the next two years.

Tarczinsky, who prides himself on being frugal, told Forbes the fund came together after a country-wide road trip that took him to dozens of college campuses.

“We’re investing in deals that your typical venture fund isn’t doing,” Tarczinsky, 25, claims. “They’re almost viewed as a seed investment.”

Contrary Capital, the founder says, is aiming for a gap left behind by other venture firms in the academic space, and hopes to give not just students, but faculty and recent grads, a shot at the funding through its decentralized model.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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