Editor’s note: ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman explores the first Triangle deal made by Dorm Room Fund, a First Round Capital-backed investment fund. Receiving the $20,000 convertible note is RocketBolt, which recently was selected for The Startup Factory. ExitEvent is a news partner of WRAL TechWire.

DURHAM, N.C. – Sit down for an hour with RocketBolt’s Aaron Dinin and you’ll be thinking much deeper about today’s technological world.

The PhD in English literature as of May 2014 has spent nearly a decade exploring the relationship between our language, art and digital technology, penning a dissertation entitled “Hacking Literature Reading Analogue Texts in a Digital Age.”

That was all while teaching himself to code, winning development projects from the likes of ABC Extreme Makeover’s Chris Powell, and more recently entering The Startup Factory, building a company and earning investment from the college student-run Dorm Room Fund.

That announcement comes today, and though the investment is small—a $20,000 convertible note—it gives the Durham startup access to the high-profile investors at First Round Capital (which seeded the fund), mentors from the nation’s top startup companies and a network of student-started portfolio companies around the nation. And the Dorm Room Fund hopes its first Triangle investment gives it more access to startups coming out of North Carolina universities.

Says former Dorm Room Fund partner Steph Weiner, who made a visit to the Triangle last year, leading to RocketBolt’s funding: “I was really impressed with the quality of companies. I got a tour of the UNC campus and 1789 (student incubation space) and it seemed like they were placing a big bet on their students.”

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