Odds On VC logo and color palette

Odds On VC Brand Identity

PJC is an experienced, early-stage venture capital firm out of Boston. When they started their student-run venture fund, they approached us to help them put form and function to their idea. The new fund would serve ambitious first-time founders at college campuses across America. So the brand identity needed to speak to that unique student.

Scope

— Naming
— Logo System
— Typography, Color
— Messaging
— Collateral and Social Media
— Website

Odds On grid of graphics and photos of student founders

Project Goal

Create a brand identity that:

― Captures Odds On VC’s spirit: we are experimental, brave,
optimistic, unexpected.
― Appeals to young, ambitious, world-wise founders without pandering. They are young, but capable.
― Differentiates us from traditional institutional VCs and
existing college funds.

Target Audience

Odds On VC’s future founders are:

― 18-35 years old (generally). Gen Z / Millennial. Diverse in gender and ethnicity.
― Ambitious and motivated. Most will be first-time founders.
― Scrappy, industrious, thrifty, inclusive, optimistic, ambitious, and socially conscious.

Odds On brand identity
Student founders working on their business

The Name

“Odds On VC” ticked all the boxes on our naming wishlist: clever, easy to say and spell, ownable, and reflective of the fund’s purpose. The name alludes to how the fund proudly rolls the dice on untested, green founders, and how it welcomes strange and experimental ideas. “Odds On” as a phrase also opens up all kinds of playful messaging angles around “betting on” and “going all in on” student founders with bold ideas. And the beautiful repetition of the “o”s and “d”s make the name visually stunning.

Odds On logo set

The Logo

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to turn the Os in Odds On into a percentage symbol. The icon reflects Odds On’s mission to bet on first-time founders and their bold ideas, upping their odds of achieving success and making their stamp on the world.The logo elements are variable depending on the use case and orientation.

The typeface used for the words mark is Poppins, designed by Jonny Pinhorn and Ninad Kale.

Odds On Logo grid and spacing

Defining the fund’s purpose and developing messaging:

Part of our work involved helping Odds On define and declare their fund’s purpose through brand positioning and messaging.

 

1 ― We see incredible opportunity in new, raw ideas.

We understand that in order to win big, you often have to take bigger risks. We see the incredible value in founders and teams that think outside the norm. Our odds are on those who test the status quo, and seek better answers to the big questions. Risky and experimental are what we’re hungry for. We want dark horses with bright ideas.

2 ― We back and bet on ambitious, hard-working student founders.

We’re student investors backing our peers. Brave startups. Bold ideas. Unflinching work ethic. We’re here to bet on strategy-focused founders who are putting their all on the line. We welcome founders of all educational backgrounds. What matters is the determination and courage to experiment, learn, pivot and grow.

3 ― We think odd and unconventional ways of thinking will make our world better.

Some of the best innovations across history have been some of the most outlandish at the start. Change never seems better, especially to the old guard. That’s why we’re enabling the next generation of founders to challenge the way things are. A better product, a better business, a better world just needs one rogue dreamer with the right tools. We’re equipping underdogs to experiment,
test and maybe prove their best ideas.

Odds On Startup Cheat Codes Booklet

The Visual Identity

The Odds On VC brand identity overall is bold, experimental, yet optimistic. The foundational aesthetic elements support this personality, with lively yet unexpected colors and playful yet stark typefaces.

Odds On Typography
Our odds are on the thinkers, dreamers, risk takers, wonderers, doers, and try againers.

Typography and Color

Our layouts use the bold yet playful Bureau Grot typeface by Font Bureau. And body copy and subtext is set in the geomotric sans Poppins, by Ninad Kale and Jonny Pinhorn.

Odds On VC logo and tagline
Odds On Color Palette
Odds On VC Mentorship flyer
Odds On business card design
What we bring to the table: funding, mentorship, and introductions
Odds On T Shirt Front
Odds On T Shirt Back

“Working with the team at Hoodzpah was such a wonderful experience. The process of branding and naming was met with such detail, organization and creativity. Our team is thrilled with the end result.”

– Becca Norton, PJC and Odds On

Odds On Social Media Grid

Learn more at www.Odds-On.vc