Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
The most valuable thing we’ve created at Venture for America is our community – made up of our Fellows and Alumni, supporters, friends and Team. What makes this community so powerful is that we encourage each other to be authentic, to bring our whole selves to VFA, to learn and grow from each other, and to strive to become a better versions of ourselves by challenging assumptions and learning from the others with different perspectives and experiences.
To that end, we are committed to ensuring that our community is diverse, equitable and inclusive. This belief informs and guides everything we do – from the Fellows we recruit, the companies and cities that we partner with, to the people we hire to join us in executing this mission.
Read on to see what our commitment to diversity and inclusion looks like in action for VFA
For Our Fellows and Alumni
Our Fellows are brilliant, talented, and remarkable people. We are committed to not just recruiting and selecting a diverse class of Fellows – from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds – but to also creating opportunities for Fellows to thrive both as part of our community and also in the broader startup and entrepreneurial world. The more diverse the viewpoints and experiences of our Fellows, the stronger and more inclusive our community becomes.
Specifically, we’ve created VFA Rise, a partnership between Fellows, Alumni, and the VFA network to create a community space for Fellows who identify with or want to support marginalized groups in the startup and innovation space.Learn more about VFA Rise
For Our Company Partners
Our commitment to diversity is based on our commitment to strengthening communities through entrepreneurship. Study after study has shown that diverse teams are more effective, solve problems better, create better products and services, and ultimately, perform better financially. Connecting our startup partners with a diverse talent pool helps them better achieve their goals and positively impact the communities where they operate. Partnering with entrepreneurs and founders from diverse backgrounds gives our Fellows better opportunities to learn and grow as professionals.
For Our Cities
Through our work, we honor the vibrant cultures that already exist in the cities where we work. We aim to partner with and add to the current of innovation that is already flowing in our cities. Our goal is to help create high-quality jobs that strengthen the local economies.
For Our Team & Supporters
To best deliver on our commitment, we know that our team and supporters must be as diverse as the rest of our community. We serve our Fellows, company partners and cities better when our Team reflects and embodies the variety of viewpoints and experiences that exist in those groups.
Ultimately, what we’ve created at VFA represents a unique community and opportunity. For our Fellows, we are an on-ramp into careers in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, particularly for communities that have been historically excluded. For our Company Partners, we are a source of high quality talent. For our Cities, we are a partner in their work. For our Team and Supporters, an opportunity to make an impact and push our mission forward alongside passionate professionals.
Our aim is to leave everything we touch better than we found it – our Fellowship stronger, our Company Partners more competitive, our Cities more prosperous, and the entrepreneurship industry as a whole more diverse, inclusive and welcoming.