Please check out this message from Contrary!

My name is Thomas Williford, and I’m a team member at Contrary – we’re a university-focused venture fund backed by founders of Facebook, Tesla, Reddit, and many others. I wanted to send you a note to let you know that we released applications for our summer accelerator earlier this month.

For the past three years, we’ve spent every summer building alongside 12 of the top companies across the country in San Francisco. 90% of our teams raise follow-on rounds, with the vast majority coming from top-tier funds like Sequoia and Founders Fund. If you’d be open to sharing the blurb listed below the line with any relevant founders or channels you know in your network, we’d appreciate it. We hope it’s a great opportunity for anyone growing a venture at Duke!

Let me know if you have any questions – thanks!

Thomas Williford

Contrary is a network-driven venture fund backed by the founders of Tesla, Reddit, Facebook, and many more. We run a summer accelerator for recent grads and current students from June 15th – early September. Apply today to be considered for a summer accelerator that provides…

  • Up to $500k in funding
  • Office hours and workshops with top entrepreneurs like Ryan Hoover (ProductHunt), Leah Busque (TaskRabbit), and Andrew Chen (a16z)
  • An end-of-summer Demo Day that last year resulted in 90% of teams raising capital, with most raising from top-tier funds including Sequoia, Founders Fund, Kleiner Perkins, and more.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 1st. The earlier you apply, the better.

Apply at or reach out to for more info.