A Gen Z fund? How this 22-year-old SDSU grad raised $1.6 million to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs


Paige Finn Doherty has launched a startup fund called Behind Genius Ventures

A newly graduated San Diego State University alum has raised $1.6 million — largely through her Twitter following — to invest in startups founded by diverse people rarely seen in the entrepreneurial world.

Paige Finn Doherty, a 22-year-old computer science major, collected the money from angel investors who follow her investing advice on social media. She founded Behind Genius Ventures, what she calls a “Gen Z fund,” with partner Josh Schlisserman and invested in four startups.

But how does a software student end up knowledgeable enough to hand out investing advice?

Unlike many students who never work real jobs until graduating, Doherty began working at the aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman at only 17 years old, first as an intern and later as a full-time employee. She worked in various roles from project management to technical writing to training groups of interns.

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