America needs more entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship stimulates job growth, creates new opportunities in cities that need them, and makes people better versions of themselves.

But, there is no clear path to entrepreneurship.

We’re changing that.

Our Mission

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 and reward, and the common good.

The best way to teach entrepreneurship? Apprenticeship. Our Fellows get a front row seat to what it takes to raise money, sell something new to customers, and make tough decisions.

– Andrew Yang, VFA Founder

Our Approach

We Recruit and Select Smart, Ambitious Recent Grads

With a reach of over 300 colleges and universities, we recruit recent graduates who are smart, ambitious and looking to do something challenging with their careers. Our rigorous application and selection makes sure that we find Fellows who are able to add value to early stage startups.

Train Them to Become Entrepreneurs

The best way to become an entrepreneur is to learn from one. We connect recent college grads with jobs in startups and early-stage companies. When our Fellows see someone building a business first-hand, it lets them see that they can, too.

Connect Them to Jobs in Cities That Need Talent

Rather than funnel more college grads to just a handful of places, we connect our Fellows with opportunities in cities with emerging entrepreneurial eco-systems. The companies where they work contribute to job growth and economic progress in those cities and the Fellows themselves become part of a new community.

Support Them in Starting Their Own Companies

Through our network of investors and experts, we support and encourage our Fellows to start their own companies. When they are ready, we are here to help them launch their businesses.

Recruit & Select

We Recruit and Select Smart, Ambitious Recent Grads

With a reach of over 300 colleges and universities, we recruit recent graduates who are smart, ambitious and looking to do something challenging with their careers. Our rigorous application and selection makes sure that we find Fellows who are able to add value to early stage startups.

Train

Train Them to Become Entrepreneurs

The best way to become an entrepreneur is to learn from one. We connect recent college grads with jobs in startups and early-stage companies. When our Fellows see someone building a business first-hand, it lets them see that they can, too.

Connect

Connect Them to Jobs in Cities That Need Talent

Rather than funnel more college grads to just a handful of places, we connect our Fellows with opportunities in cities with emerging entrepreneurial eco-systems. The companies where they work contribute to job growth and economic progress in those cities and the Fellows themselves become part of a new community.

Support

Support Them in Starting Their Own Companies

Through our network of investors and experts, we support and encourage our Fellows to start their own companies. When they are ready, we are here to help them launch their businesses.

Our Impact

We’re proudest of our results.  Take a closer look at our impact to understand VFA by the numbers.

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