– Venture capital firm provides pathway to Silicon Valley for aspiring student entrepreneurs with backgrounds in Biology, Economics, Technology, and the Arts –
PALO ALTO, Calif. – April 21, 2016 – Artiman Ventures announced today members of its 2016 B.E.T.A. program. The program connects students with backgrounds in Biology, Economics, Technology, and the Arts, with Silicon Valley’s leading startups, investors, advisors, and partners.
Artiman Ventures formalized the mentorship program in 2013 to help students with diverse backgrounds come out to Silicon Valley and gain access to resources necessary for bringing their creative ideas to life.
“Many students with backgrounds in Biology, Economics, Technology, and Arts do not have an easy pathway into Silicon Valley, which tends to favor students with computer science backgrounds,” said Artiman Ventures Partner Ajit Singh. “The B.E.T.A. program provides guidance and mentorship to its members while also bringing a wealth of diversity into Silicon Valley, which is necessary for innovation.”
This year’s class kicks off at Artiman Concepts on April 22, an annual event held by Artiman Ventures, which features top executives from Artiman and its portfolio companies, as well as leading entrepreneurs from around the world.
“Our B.E.T.A. members are exceptional students who share a collective passion of positively impacting the world,” said Artiman Ventures Partner Tim Wilson. “Any B.E.T.A. member gets a lifetime pass to work with Artiman at any point throughout their career.”
The 2016 B.E.T.A. members are PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and graduating seniors from California Polytechnic State University, Columbia University, Duke University, McGill University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Irvine.
Artiman Ventures is an early stage venture firm investing in white space companies creating or disrupting multi-billion dollar markets. Based in Silicon Valley and Bangalore, Artiman works as an active partner with entrepreneurs, helping develop strategy, market definition and execution. Artiman has over $1 billion under management and was founded 15 years ago.