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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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2015 Training Camp: Week 4 Recap

2015 Training Camp: Week 4 Recap

Emily
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 […]

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2015 Training Camp: Week 3 Recap

2015 Training Camp: Week 3 Recap

Emily
We’re officially more than halfway through Training Camp and if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the first 3 weeks, it’s that life is pretty nonstop around here. Whether they’re absorbing lectures by world-class trainers and guests, working into the night on their weekly challenge, or facilitating discussions in their own time, the Fellows continue to move [&helli...

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2015 Training Camp: Redux Recap

2015 Training Camp: Redux Recap

Emily
Between the largest Fellow reunion in VFA history, the 2013 Class Graduation, and our first-ever “Side-Project-A-Thon,” last week deserves a spot in the VFA record books. All four classes of Fellows were invited back to Providence for “VFA Training Camp Redux,” our annual reunion in Providence. We had Fellows training Fellows, Fellows interviewing Fellows, saw […]

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2015 Training Camp: A look back at Week 1

2015 Training Camp: A look back at Week 1

Tom Griffin
We’re back in one of our favorite cities (hey Providence!), and VFA Training Camp is officially underway. The 2015 class is rolling deep this year, with 122 top-notch Fellows who are more than up to the challenge of our 5-week startup bootcamp. Week 1 was jam packed with guest speakers, world-class trainers, and high-intensity team challenges– and […]

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The Myth of the A-Player

The Myth of the A-Player

Tom Griffin
Mike Tarullo is SVP of Corporate Development at Venture for America. Mike has ran and managed nearly every department at VFA and most recently has focused his efforts on helping Fellows build companies via our seed fund, the VFA Accelerator and Innovation Fund.  Read on for his advice on how to effectively manage up and follow his thoughts […]

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Onwards and Upwards: Accelerator Recap and Next Steps

Onwards and Upwards: Accelerator Recap and Next Steps

Adam Joseph
Well, this is it! Like a lot of other good things in life (childhood, college, Memorial Day Weekend…), the inaugural Venture for America Accelerator is coming to an end. The journey wasn’t without its speed bumps or even slight detours (pro-tip: always Google your company name before making it official), but 12 weeks later, our five […]

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