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Meet Our Fellow Founders: Bearkat

The Venture for America Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to support and catalyze the launch of our Fellow-founded companies. Based in Philadelphia, the Fellows and their teams are provided coworking space at First Round Capital, weekly programming, and access to VFA’s network of mentors, advisors, and investors. This year, five teams have hit the ground running in Philly, continuing to develop their businesses and preparing to become full-time founders at the conclusion of their Fellowship…

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Meet Team VFA: Eric Caballero

In case you haven't heard, we kind of love our jobs here at VFA HQ. We get to hang out with our incredible Fellows, identify the next generation of entrepreneurs, find founders and teams who are building something great, and proudly shout from the rooftops about our work in some of the coolest cities across the country. But the best thing about being part of Team VFA has to be spending every day with the talented, hard-working, epically hilarious crew that makes it all happen. …

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Halftime Update at the VFA Accelerator

Update from the Accelerator: We're halfway there! Time flies when you’re building things! We’re halfway through the first-ever VFA Accelerator here in Philly and our five teams have made some serious progress in building their nascent companies. Their spirits are high and their heads are down, as they hustle to make the most out of their last six weeks in Philly. We bet you’re wondering what it’s really been like on the ground for our Fellow Founders…

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Spring is here, Summer Celebration is near

Have you heard about the 2015 Summer Celebration yet? Early bird general admission tickets are on sale until May 1st at a discounted price of $300. Get them while you can! So far, confirmed hosts and attendees for the event include Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Pauline Brown, Adam Braun, Sallie Krawcheck, Dhani Jones, Cyrus Massoumi, Andy Weissman, David Tisch, Lauren Zalaznick and many more. This year, Rackspace Co-founder and Chairman Graham Weston will join us for a…

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An impulsive trip to Detroit to meet a stranger ended up being the best money I ever spent

By Andrew Yang April 16, 2015 Originally published on businessinsider.com I n late 2010, I was telling people about my plan to recruit top college graduates to join and start early-stage companies around the country to generate U.S. job growth. I wanted to start in Detroit. I discussed this with an accomplished entrepreneur and fellow Brown alum, Liz Hamburg. Liz said to me, “If you’re interested in Detroit, I should introduce you to Bernie Sucher.” She…

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Meet our Fellow Founders: Ash & Anvil

The Venture for America Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to support and catalyze the launch of Fellow-founded companies. Based in Philadelphia, the Fellows and their teams are provided coworking space at First Round Capital, weekly programming, and access to VFA’s network of mentors, advisors, and investors. This year, five teams have hit the ground running in Philly, continuing to develop their businesses and preparing to become full-time founders at the conclusion of their Fellowship this…

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