Archive by Category "venture for america"

Why I Went VFA: Lizzie McDonald

Why I Went VFA: Lizzie McDonald

March 24, 2015
When it comes to the stories of how our Fellows chose VFA, no two are the same. We wanted to check in with our upcoming class of 2015 Fellows and hear why they made the move to go VFA. Lizzie, a native of Mobile, Alabama, will graduate as an honors student from Tulane University with a degree in Marketing […]

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The Origins of an Urban Cross-Stitch

The Origins of an Urban Cross-Stitch

March 17, 2015
Fiona O’Leary Sloan is a 2013 Venture for America Fellow working as an urban planning consultant with U3 Advisors in Detroit, MI. She recently launched IARA (pronounced yiah-rah), an artisanal, handmade, and individually designed line of beaded jewelry, as part of the VFA Innovation Fund. Support Fiona and IARA by visiting her Indiegogo page. Last […]

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Save your eyes, and look good trying

Save your eyes, and look good trying

March 6, 2015
The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  David Roger is the CEO/Founder […]

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Food for thought: is nutrition context-dependent?

Food for thought: is nutrition context-dependent?

March 5, 2015
The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  2013 Fellow Astrid Schanz-Garbassi has […]

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The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

February 25, 2015
By Andrew Yang February 25, 2015 Originally published on qz.com In his book Excellent Sheep, William Deresiewicz describes the current generation of strivers as “driven to achieve without knowing why.” And then they become paralyzed when they’re not sure how to proceed. I jokingly call the hang-ups associated with a drive to achieve as “the […]

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The Key to Staying in Touch with Friends

The Key to Staying in Touch with Friends

February 24, 2015
The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  Molly Adair is a 2014 […]

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Apps are open!

September 24, 2014
Our 2014 Fellows have landed in their cities, and we’re off to the races to find our next stellar class of Fellows. Throughout the fall and spring, VFA will travel the country to identify the the next generation of entrepreneurs who have the character, grit, and potential as a startup employee and founder to join […]

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Message to All VFA Applicants

Message to All VFA Applicants

May 15, 2014
Thank you for considering applying to become a Venture for America Fellow. Your interest says a fair amount about you as a person– enterprising, motivated, and looking to have an impact. My belief in you and the potential of our country’s best and brightest is why I founded Venture for America. I know that what […]

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Fellow Spotlight: Katherine Catlin, Gonzaga University

June 14, 2013
  Name:  Katherine (Kate) Catlin Hometown: Redmond, WA University:  Gonzaga University   ’13 Major: Economics What led you to apply for Venture for America? I’ve been active in social and environmental causes since Junior High, and always thought I was going into the public sector or NGO work. Spending a semester in Nicaragua with the Social Entrepreneurship Corps […]

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Businesses take time to build

Businesses take time to build

February 22, 2013
After over a decade working in startups, Andrew Yang has learned many important lessons about what it takes to build a business. But according to him, what entrepreneurs really need to found a successful organization is patience and willingness to dedicate time to the idea. In his recent article in the Huffington Post, Andrew discusses […]

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