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Onwards and Upwards: 2016 Innovation Fund Recap

Onwards and Upwards: 2016 Innovation Fund Recap

Caroline Toch
The VFA Innovation Fund is an annual month-long crowdfunding competition with more than $40k in prizes (!). During the Innovation Fund, participants work closely with the VFA team to refine their idea, set a fundraising goal, devise a plan—then spend four intense weeks raising money for their projects. And we’re not talking small change: this year, […]

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The VFA Digest: The mindset of a serial entrepreneur

The VFA Digest: The mindset of a serial entrepreneur

Maddie Stanley
In this week’s Digest: a look inside one startup that makes a point to treat its employees right; how the serial entrepreneurs behind THINX approach building things; and the trick to making a new skill automatic. Why this startup offers its hourly workers equity Managed by Q is an office management startup that does things […]

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The VFA Digest: What it means to be an “epic human,” and how to grow everyday

The VFA Digest: What it means to be an “epic human,” and how to grow everyday

Maddie Stanley
In this week’s digest: an inside look at innovative startup studio Human Ventures; what one founder’s customers taught him about sales; and why at a startup, learning is everything. The talent experts behind Human Ventures on how to grow a community of “epic humans.” Human Ventures is a startup studio with a dual mission: to […]

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The VFA Digest: Becoming your most resilient self

The VFA Digest: Becoming your most resilient self

Caroline Toch
In this week’s digest: how to become your most resilient self; what it takes to give the right kind of feedback (and why it matters); and Brad Hargreaves, co-founder of General Assembly, on the trial-and-error method behind the largest tech and design school in the US. Resilience is crucial for success—here’s how to get there. […]

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The VFA Digest: It’s all in the mindset

The VFA Digest: It’s all in the mindset

Caroline Toch
In this week’s digest: One founder’s quest to bring renewable energy to the world (through soccer!), why we need more women launching companies, why finding success at a startup might require a whole new mindset, and a case against playing the blame game. This founder harnesses the energy of soccer balls. As an undergrad, Jessica […]

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Join the Interns for America!

Join the Interns for America!

Caroline Toch
Don’t want to wait until after college to experience VFA firsthand? We’ve got you covered. Our summer interns will spend time both at HQ and at our Fellow Training Camp, gaining real work experience, making an impact, helping us grow—and learning what it means to join the #VFAmily. What we’re looking for We’re looking for energetic, reliable […]

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How AdMobilize is Revolutionizing the Internet of Things

How AdMobilize is Revolutionizing the Internet of Things

Sarah Al-Khayyal
2015 Fellow Willem Prins works in Miami at AdMobilize, a tech startup that just released their most cutting edge technology yet: the MATRIX, a home-app ecosystem. From now until December 10th, AdMobilize is running a live Kickstarter campaign to help get their revolutionary technology off the ground. Read on to find out how Willem and his team are working to […]

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How Ash & Anvil found their fit—and founded their company

How Ash & Anvil found their fit—and founded their company

Caroline Toch
2013 Fellows Eric Huang & Steven Mazur are the cofounders of Ash & Anvil, a clothing company making shorter guys look and feel good. Starting November 19th, Ash & Anvil’s everyday clothes for shorter men will be available online. Read on to find out how they got to where they are. VFA: Have you always wanted to start a […]

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City as a Startup: Detroit

City as a Startup: Detroit

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Earlier this month, we kicked off fall in true VFA fashion—hosting our second annual City as a Startup conference in Detroit. For one day, Fellows, team members, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders gathered at Wayne State University to talk urban development, emerging technology, and working together to build things. CasS was a one day event that […]

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2015 Training Camp: Week 5 Recap

2015 Training Camp: Week 5 Recap

Emily
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 […]

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