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The Mensarius Oath is a professional code of conduct for finance professionals to create an ethical, prosperous and healthy world.

The Mensarius Oath was developed by venture capitalists and the Founder Institute in March of 2020 to inspire a new class of ethical investor focused on both societal and economic returns. ‘Mensarius’ is a Latin noun that refers to a banker or financier, and the tenets of the Mensarius Oath were based on the Hippocratic Oath used in the medical profession.

The Mensarius Oath was first used in VC Lab, a venture capital accelerator launched in 2020 that is working to launch 1,000 new early-stage investment funds worldwide by 2025. All aspiring professional investors that enroll in the VC Lab program are asked to agree to the oath as part of joining the accelerator. As the Oath was circulated on social media, interest in the VC Lab accelerator jumped from 100 venture capitalists applicants in the first cohort of 2020 to over 1,000 applicants in the second cohort.

The full Mesnarius Oath is below, and there is an online copy for commentary available here.

The Mensarius Oath

As a financial professional that invests in enterprises using personal or investor capital, I hereby pledge to honor these values. If it is determined by myself or a panel of my peers that I have violated these values without reconciliation agreed between all involved parties, then I will voluntarily leave the industry for the rest of my career.

  • In my profession of finance, I endeavor to help create positive outcomes for all of humanity.

  • With my dealings, I create positive outcomes financially and otherwise for all of those involved, including the conscious avoidance of harm to any parties.

  • Being in the industry, I will help others to achieve the highest standards that I set for myself and my organization.

  • As a steward of the trade, I work against any abuse of power that leads to unfair advantage, seduction, corruption or mistreatment.

  • As a person who can affect the outcome, I commit to reducing inequality and increasing fairness in society.

  • In honor of the community, I pledge to treat all that approach me with fairness, equality and the attention that each opportunity deserves.

  • As a professional, I am open and honest in all of my dealings with those that I serve, including Investors and Founders.

  • As part of my work, I keep all matters that are understood to be private with all available protections to keep safe from public or other unwanted disclosure.

  • To continuously improve, I solicit and respect feedback from those that I serve and from my wider industry professionals.

We invite any prospective venture capitlists to learn more about the VC Lab program here and start the jounrey of launching an ethical venture capital firm.

If you are a startup investor, advisor, or leader interested in learning about joining the 400+ program directors worldwide in running a local chapter of the Founder Institute's proven pre-seed accelerator, go to FI.co/Lead.

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