Venture for America 2017 Fellowship

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Locations: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati/Cleveland/Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA: Philadelphia/Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; San Antonio, TX; St. Louis, MO


Venture for America is a nonprofit fellowship program empowering recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities. After five weeks of training, VFA Fellows spend two years working for a startup in a U.S. city with an emerging startup ecosystem. Throughout the fellowship, they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business and gain access to mentorship, ongoing training, and the nationwide VFA community. When Fellows and alumni are ready to build companies of their own, VFA provides the resources they need to become entrepreneurs

Our goal is to fuel job growth in cities throughout the U.S. while empowering our best and brightest to create value in their communities. We aim to produce effective and high-character builders who will found and lead quality organizations throughout their careers


  • To revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.

  • To enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others.

  • To restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk & reward, and the common good.



  • A college senior or recent grad of any major or academic background

  • High-character and self-aware with founder potential and the ability to contribute to a startup

  • Looking forward to the opportunity to help build an early stage company in one of our cities


  • A great startup job. Get access to hundreds of vetted opportunities at our partner startups and find your team fit.

  • World-class training. Attend a rigorous five-week training program that includes multi-day workshops, group and individual challenges, and includes sessions led by Flatiron School, IDEO, McKinsey, and noteworthy entrepreneurs and investors

  • A close-knit network. Join a community of talented peers, mentors, and advisors that includes experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts

  • Skills development. Follow a robust two-year curriculum with opportunities for ongoing skill and character development, along with events and programs to keep you plugged into the Fellow network

  • Access to capital. Launch projects or ventures of your own using resources such as the $100K VFA Seed Fund, our investor council, or our $50K Innovation fund for pro-social projects and businesses


  • The VFA Seed Fund: Access to $150K+ in investment annually for launching Fellow-led companies

  • VFA Accelerator: Resources to help Fellow Founders refine their business models, prepare for meetings with outside investors, and launch their business the right way

  • VFA Investment Council: A group of 10+ third-party angel investors who invest in Fellow ventures

  • VFA Alumni Network: Opportunities to stay connected through alumni boards, events, on-campus recruitment, mentoring younger Fellows, and more

To Apply:

Please submit your application at by one of the following deadlines:

  • Monday, November 28th

  • Monday, February 6th

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