Our 2018 application is open!

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We’ve helped over 700 recent grads get full-time startup jobs.

Where will VFA take you?

How it works

More than 300 startups have hired VFA Fellows.

Make an impact at a growing company

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When you're ready, start a company with VFA.

Launch a business with the support of our network, funding, and resources.

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The first application deadline is August 21.

What is VFA

Two year salaried fellowship

Vetted company partners

Entrepreneurship and professional training

Resources and support to start a company

Meet Our Fellows

What I’ve learned is that business is about how to build and maintain relationships.

– Alyssa Gill '15

Forging a Path to Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Alyssa was part of the social entrepreneurship program as an undergrad at Penn State. As a VFA alum, she is making an impact through business and has developed the skills to start her own social enterprise.

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Forging a Path to Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Alyssa was part of the social entrepreneurship program as an undergrad at Penn State. As a VFA alum, she is making an impact through business and has developed the skills to start her own social enterprise.

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What I’ve learned is that business is about how to build and maintain relationships.

– Alyssa Gill '15

It's hard to avoid platitudes—this was the most fundamentally important career decision i’ve ever made. But there's even more to say.

– Domenic Merolla, ’16

From 2013 intern to 2016 Fellow

As a freshman at Hobart College, Domenic applied to be a VFA summer intern because working at Training Camp sounded fun. He had no idea his career path was about to change forever.

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From 2013 intern to 2016 Fellow

As a freshman at Hobart College, Domenic applied to be a VFA summer intern because working at Training Camp sounded fun. He had no idea his career path was about to change forever.

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It's hard to avoid platitudes—this was the most fundamentally important career decision i’ve ever made. But there's even more to say.

– Domenic Merolla, ’16

The support VFA grants adds stability to the startup ecosystem. VFA made it more comfortable for me to join a startup.

– Leo Peña '16

Making A Meaningful Impact

In college, Leo's career plans took an unexpected turn. As a Cleveland Fellow, Leo found that VFA offered the stability that he wanted, along with the chance to make a real difference.

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Making A Meaningful Impact

In college, Leo's career plans took an unexpected turn. As a Cleveland Fellow, Leo found that VFA offered the stability that he wanted, along with the chance to make a real difference.

Read more

The support VFA grants adds stability to the startup ecosystem. VFA made it more comfortable for me to join a startup.

– Leo Peña '16

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