A student startup competition in which each winning team will receive:
$25K uncapped SAFE, no discount.
Option to enter final round interviews for Pear Accelerator.
In 2020, 14 teams won and we plan to expand to more winners in 2021.
Students who want to launch their startup and begin a relationship with Pear. At least one member of your team must be a current university student in the US or Canada.
No idea is too early to be considered. We're seeking dedicated founders with big ambitions.
If you are interested in both Competition and Accelerator, then you can apply to both together through the Competition application (just check the relevant box in the application). You do not need to win Competition to be accepted into our Accelerator, and vice versa.
Competition application deadlines vary by campus:
Harvard February 21
Stanford February 28
UPenn March 08
MIT March 15
UC Berkeley March 22
Other campuses March 22
As founders, our team has built eight companies and we share that hands-on experience with the next generation. As investors, we have been fortunate to partner early with companies now valued at over $80B, including Doordash, Branch, Gusto, and Guardant Health.
Our strong belief in student founders is demonstrated by 49% of our portfolio companies being founded by students. Over the past seven years, we have formed a machine to support students who are building the next wave of category-defining companies. You can learn more about how we support founders here.