<aside> 💡 Each semester, Inspired Capital welcomes a select number of exceptional students to join us as Research Fellows. Our Research Fellows spend the semester developing a detailed, unique investment thesis on a technology or market of their choice and have a front row seat to the world of venture investing. Feeling inspired to find the next big thing? Sign up to be notified for our Fall 2023 cycle here.

Inspired Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in New York City, investing in the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The firm takes a generalist approach, leading and co-leading Seed and Series A rounds. With $500M+ under management, the firm invests in tech-advantaged businesses, including Rho, Habi, Orum, Dandy, Finix, Chief, Canvas Medical, and Scythe. Inspired Capital was founded by Alexa von Tobel, who previously founded LearnVest, and Penny Pritzker, founder and chairman of PSP Partners who previously served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce.



If you have remaining questions on the Inspired Research Fellowship after reviewing the below sections, please feel free to reach out to Claire at [email protected].

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Program Overview


During the eight-week program, Inspired Research Fellows will dive into an approved research topic of their choice with the goal of ultimately building and validating a unique investment thesis. We expect our fellows to commit at least 10 hours a week to this program so they can develop the true domain expertise needed to produce an exceptional thesis by the end of the semester. Fellows have full flexibility in choosing when they work on their research. At Inspired, we see our Research Fellows as an extension of the team and are deeply invested in their success. We will spend weekly 1:1 time with each student to provide detailed guidance, feedback, and advice on their learnings to date. We will also support fellows in exploring their topic from a variety of perspectives through primary and secondary research. While this is a research-focused fellowship and not an investing internship, fellows will also have the opportunity to learn more about the sourcing, diligence, and investing process.


We expect our Research Fellows to complete this program with the following benefits:

  1. Firsthand experience with thesis-driven venture investing and unique exposure to the investing process
  2. Hands-on mentorship and detailed guidance from the Inspired Capital Investment Team
  3. Subject matter expertise and thought leadership on their research topic with an exceptional research paper that they can continue to leverage in the future
  4. Rigorous training on conducting best-in-class primary and secondary research with a practical application
  5. A deep curiosity for technology and finding the next big thing


The Spring 2023 program will officially kick off on Tuesday, February 21 and culminate during the week of April 17. Students are not expected to work during their Spring Break holiday. You can find more details below.

Responsibilities & Expectations

The Inspired Research Fellowship is open to any undergraduate student that will still be enrolled in a U.S. college or postsecondary institution in Fall 2023. No prior investing or venture experience is required. We see incredible value in learning from a diversity of perspectives and welcome all students with a deep curiosity for technology to apply. We are looking for students who are deeply committed to doing exceptional research through this program and will benefit from our time and guidance.

Key Responsibilities

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