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Lifting the Barriers for At-Risk Youth

August 4, 2015

We’re so proud of our Fellows’ commitment to their companies—and we’re just as proud of their after-hours efforts to boost the communities where they live and work. In his post below, 2014 Fellow Dylan Gordon discusses his involvement in Bench Mark Program, a nonprofit that uses weightlifting, academic counseling, and career coaching to empower at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Dylan currently works full-time at Clutch, a marketing technology firm, and serves at the Chief Strategy Officer of Bench Mark during…

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2015 Training Camp: Week 5 Recap

July 31, 2015

It was a bittersweet ending to our fourth ever Training Camp... an unbelievable summer of personal growth and professional learnings comes to a close, but a new chapter awaits for our class of 2015 Fellows. From building websites and sharpening their technical skills to personality assessments and emotional intelligence training, Fellows are heading to their cities equipped with the hard and soft skills needed to hit the ground running. Before we sign off from Training Camp for…

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Want to Innovate? Start with Inclusion.

July 30, 2015

Each week during Training Camp, we’re lucky enough to be joined by world class trainers and speakers. Earlier this month, we hosted Courtney Emerson, Co-Founder and COO of All In Together, a "non-partisan, collaboration-driven campaign to empower women with the tools they need to drive meaningful change." In her guest post below, Courtney expands on her Training Camp presentation, outlining ways to foster an inclusive company culture, as well as her own personal strategies for navigating the entrepreneurship world. In May,…

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The VFA Podcast: Jess Brondo Davidoff on the difference between running a small business and a startup, the necessity of trusting your team, and giving up a safe career to pursue your passion

July 29, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a original in collaboration with CBS! In the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, Jeremy chats with Jess Brondo Davidoff, Founder & CEO of Admittedly, a company that gamifies the college admission process for high school students — not only providing lessons and tools to help them understand the admissions process and…

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The Grind, The Hustle.

July 23, 2015

Seun Oyewole is a 2014 Fellow working as a Venture Development Analyst at Invest Detroit, a community development financial institution. Seun got his degree in Foreign Service with a specialization in Regional & Comparative Studies between America and the Middle East at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Studies. Seun helped lead a session on the art of "Grinding and Hustling" for a group of 2015-ers at this year's Training Camp.  At this point in our lives, we understand that lifestyle transitions are…

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2015 Training Camp: Week 4 Recap

July 21, 2015

Four down, one to go! The Fellows were re-energized during our second to last week here in Providence, absorbing workshops, panel discussions and lectures by day, and building working prototypes for new products by night. Toss in some trampoline dodgeball, a trip to the Roger Williams Zoo, and VFA-wide "selfie challenge," and we'll call it a pretty good week. Check out the recap video and a closer look below!  The Product Challenge: Let the Building Begin Strapped with…

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