VFA 2012 Training Camp recap: The final week

Last Friday, Venture for America wrapped up it’s final week of the first Venture for America Training Camp at Brown University in Providence. Though the fellows were sad to go, we are excited to see all the great things each of them will surely accomplish when they land in Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Providence in the coming weeks.

The last week of Training Camp included the Final Challenge, where the fellows were tasked with “creating value” for their future company, an organization in their city, or for Venture for America. Nine fellows were given the “Award for Outstanding Value Creation” for their projects: Alison Schmitt, Dan Bloom, Derek Turner, Ethan Carlson, Jude Stanion, Scott Lowe, Sean Pennino, Tim Dingman, and Todd Nelson. You can check out all the fellows’ impressive work here.


Once the challenge was over, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Venture for America’s first birthday on July 18th than with a party in Newport, RI alongside our first class of fellows. Special congratulations go to Andrew Yang, Founder, and Eileen Lee, COO, for being with VFA since day one.

And to everyone else who has given their time and support over the last year, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Training Camp ended on a high note with the closing dinner and awards ceremony at the Hope Club at Brown University. Congratulations to the five fellows who were recognized for outstanding overall performance throughout the VFA 2012 Training Camp: Barry Conrad, Jude Stanion, Mike Mayer, Scott Lowe, and Tim Dingman.

Both the fellows and staff had an unforgettable five weeks in Providence learning and getting to know one another. We wish our first class the best of luck as they move to their cities and begin working with their companies over the next few weeks!