Pear Fellows

Pear Fellows is an apprenticeship program designed to supercharge your readiness for a career in venture capital. We’re committed to ensuring that the program maximizes the career trajectories of our Fellows and helps them on the next step of their journey.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED. WILL REOPEN AUGUST 2023.


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Who should apply?

The program is highly selective (5% acceptance rate) and dedicated to students who are genuinely motivated to support entrepreneurs and develop their skills in venture. We want to collaborate with proactive people who think independently. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong entrepreneurial network or industry expertise, as well as a willingness to help us build our firm.

The Fellows program is limited to specific campuses to ensure that our investment team can meet Fellows in person and provide focused attention. We are currently seeking Fellows at Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, and Penn.

About Pear Fellows

Each year, Pear offers a select group of students the opportunity to work closely with our investors and partners. Founded in 2014, the Pear Fellowship is an immersive apprenticeship designed to supercharge your readiness for a career in venture capital. Our Fellows receive:

  • Direct mentorship from Pear’s investors and partners
  • Unprecedented access to deal flow
  • Immersive training at an in-person Venture Summit in SF
  • Ownership of Pear programming on campus
  • Direction to conduct company due diligence and form sector theses at Pear
  • Competitive stipend and free travel to and from SF for Venture Summit
Shaneez Mohinani

Pear’s Partners are generous with their time and mentorship, and that opportunity to directly learn rom the best seed-stage investors in the Valley is unparalleled! The Fellows community is also so special, and has been tremendously helpful as I look to build a career in VC.

Shaneez Mohinani Stanford GSB Fellow

joy chen

The Pear Fellowship has done the most for my growth in the world of venture capital and startups, whether that’s involving me in live deals or giving me the opportunity to work with incredible people. All of the investors at Pear have been extremely welcoming and supportive of me and I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many cool people through the fellowship, like college students at other schools, startup founders, and many other people in the Pear network!

Joy Chen Wharton Fellow

The Pear Fellowship has been my central source for both personal and professional growth. It has provided me with a strong entrepreneurial community and allowed me to learn from expert investors across a wide range of industries.

Akshay Patel Berkeley Fellow

margaret shen

I’ve been blown away by how much time the partners are willing to spend on mentoring fellows. ‘Learning’ VC requires a lot of quick iterative cycles, and the partners have been so generous about giving me exposure to and feedback on evaluating companies and industry trends.

Margaret Shen Harvard Business School Fellow

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Pear Fellows alumni

Nicole Quinn

Nicole Quinn

Lightspeed

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Ibrahim Alsuwaidi

DCM

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James Rathmell

Haun Ventures

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Sam Shapiro

DFJ

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Ian Taylor

Sequoia

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Anoushka Vaswani

Lightspeed

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Jennifer Ngai

DST Global

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Hesam Motlagh

Khosla

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Galym Imanbayev

Lightspeed

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Justine Huang

Industry Ventures

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Julia Klein

March CP

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Vivien Ho

Vivien Ho

Pear VC

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Sam Rosen

GIC

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Rima Reddy

Commerce Ventures

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Kumar Gautam

Sands Capital

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Joanna Lichter Cohen

Emerson Collective

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Chris Gaertner

OpenView

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Jo Zhu

A16z

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Sarah Du

Bessemer

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Ana Clara Martins

Atlantico

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Brian Alter

B Capital

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David Yin

GSR Ventures

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Varun Ramakrishnan

General Atlantic

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Patrick Lundgren

Flagship Pioneering

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Interested in becoming a
Pear Fellow?

APPLICATIONS CLOSED. WILL REOPEN AUGUST 2023.