Pear Garage

A community for 25 entrepreneurial engineering students to discover meaningful problems and then build products to solve them 🚀

Applications have closed for our 2021-22 cohort. Please check back in August 2022.

Garage members learn how to find meaningful problems and build solutions through collaborating with the Pear team and our network

Find problems to solve through  fireside chats with industry-expert VCs 📣


Core VC

Kat Utecht



Konstantine Buhler

Consumer Social

Index Ventures

Rex Woodbury


Canvas Ventures

Mike Ghaffary


Upfront Ventures

Aditi Maliwal

Enterprise Software


Max Gazor



Saam Motamedi


Maverick Capital

Prateesh Maheshwari

Gain business mentorship from the Pear team 🍐

Talking to Customers

Co-founder, CTO of Cariden Technologies

Arash Afrakhteh

Finding a Cofounder

3x Cofounder

Mar Hershenson

Market Attractiveness

Commercial Diligence at OC&C

Ian Taylor


Co-founder, CEO of Wedding Party

Ajay Kamat

Who are we looking for?

Notable Alumni


Companies Founded

a16z, Sequoia

Bain, Venrock

Menlo Ventures

Bain Capital Ventures





Acquired by Plaid

Acquired by Brex

Forerunner Ventures

K9 Ventures


Global Founders Capital

General Catalyst

Pear VC

Craft Ventures

“The biggest benefit of doing Pear Garage was access to the Pear team. Before Garage, I didn’t have such constant support and mentorship from people that were already in the VC and startup world. I was just on my own and it was really nice to know that people cared about me and my idea.”

- Akshaya Dinesh, Garage '20
“There is this really enthralling point in time when you’re building a business, but also really scary simultaneously. There is overwhelming uncertainty. There are a lot of problems you have to have solved. Garage took that seminal formative stage of the company and made it super exciting — gave you a community that you felt you had a deep connection to and a network of friends that you knew from the get go would become friends for life, made it feel like you weren’t alone."

- Ray Zhou, Garage '14, Cofounder CEO of Affinity
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