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Where Fellows Work

Now accepting applications for the Class of 2020

Create a Career that Matters

Create a Career that Matters

Start your startup journey with VFA

Venture For America prepares recent college graduates for careers as entrepreneurs.

As a Fellow, you’ll gain business skills and professional development at our intensive Training Camp. For two years, you’ll work at a startup in a full-time salaried position, learning how to build and grow a business firsthand. From there, you’ll be ready to be a leader in business or launch one of your own.

Join our ambitious community of builders in 14 cities across America.

 

Are you ready?

Mobilizing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

My VFA experience has been the most beneficial professional choice I've ever made.

– Anthony Markowitz '17

A Welcoming Community of Entrepreneurs

Venture For America is a diverse & inclusive community of startup leaders and founders. We want our Fellows to bring their whole selves to VFA and become better by challenging assumptions and learning from different perspectives. Together, we are professionals, mentors, partners, and friends.

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A Welcoming Community of Entrepreneurs

Venture For America is a diverse & inclusive community of startup leaders and founders. We want our Fellows to bring their whole selves to VFA and become better by challenging assumptions and learning from different perspectives. Together, we are professionals, mentors, partners, and friends.

Read more

My VFA experience has been the most beneficial professional choice I've ever made.

– Anthony Markowitz '17

Without VFA, I never would have moved to San Antonio and experienced its cultural fabric, met my amazing co-founders and started FloatMe, or become embedded in such a globally relevant community.

– Ryan Cleary '17

Committed to Our Cities

VFA is dedicated to creating economic opportunity in our cities by helping the startups there create jobs. Our Fellows move to our cities to become engaged local citizens who lay down roots and contribute to their communities.

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Committed to Our Cities

VFA is dedicated to creating economic opportunity in our cities by helping the startups there create jobs. Our Fellows move to our cities to become engaged local citizens who lay down roots and contribute to their communities.

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Without VFA, I never would have moved to San Antonio and experienced its cultural fabric, met my amazing co-founders and started FloatMe, or become embedded in such a globally relevant community.

– Ryan Cleary '17

Turning Fellows into Founders

Our apprenticeship plus investment model takes our Fellows from working startups to running companies of their own. With support, training, and seed funding to get started, we've helped almost a third of our Alums start companies.

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Turning Fellows into Founders

Our apprenticeship plus investment model takes our Fellows from working startups to running companies of their own. With support, training, and seed funding to get started, we've helped almost a third of our Alums start companies.

Read more

How It Works

Complete the Application

We are excited to learn more about you and our application process is designed to do just that. In four steps – an application, essay, video interview and in-person interview – we’ll get to know you as a leader and what you’re looking for in your career.

It’s a selective process but we’re not looking for one type of person. We’re committed to finding a diverse group of dynamic individuals that we can help shape into the next generation of startup leaders.

How to apply

Find a Startup Job in our Network

Hundreds of of startups have hired VFA Fellows. Through our Match process, you’ll pitch yourself for a variety of different roles, industries and learning opportunities.

This isn’t your typical job search focused on titles or positions; this is about finding the right place to get mentored, build your business experience and gain skills that will accelerate your career for the long term.

How Fellows find jobs

Get Intensive Business Training

Training Camp is grad school for entrepreneurs. Before Fellows start their jobs, they go through out 5-week intensive training where they learn the business skills necessary to thrive in a startup.

You’ll get professional training that prepares you to succeed at work while also building confidence and growing as an individual. This is where you’ll meet your entire cohort of Fellows and start establishing the relationships that will last a lifetime.

What Fellows learn at Training Camp

Be at Leader at a Growing Business

At work, you’ll be learning and leading projects to help that business grow everyday.

Expect to roll up your sleeves and be hands on. You could wearing multiple hats where no two days are the same. If you think you want to start your own business, there’s no better training than working side-by-side and learning from an experienced entrepreneur.

What Fellows do at work

Start Your Own Business

Not every Fellow wants to start their own company (and we don’t expect them to) but those that do can lean on our Launch programming and resources.

As a Fellow, we’ll help you do everything to get your business off the ground – from helping you come up with ideas and validating with potential customers to investing in your business with funding. There’s no time limit so anytime you’re ready to start a business, we’ll be here.

How we help Fellows start companies

Apply to VFA

Complete the Application

We are excited to learn more about you and our application process is designed to do just that. In four steps – an application, essay, video interview and in-person interview – we’ll get to know you as a leader and what you’re looking for in your career.

It’s a selective process but we’re not looking for one type of person. We’re committed to finding a diverse group of dynamic individuals that we can help shape into the next generation of startup leaders.

How to apply

Find the Right Job

Find a Startup Job in our Network

Hundreds of of startups have hired VFA Fellows. Through our Match process, you’ll pitch yourself for a variety of different roles, industries and learning opportunities.

This isn’t your typical job search focused on titles or positions; this is about finding the right place to get mentored, build your business experience and gain skills that will accelerate your career for the long term.

How Fellows find jobs

Attend Training Camp

Get Intensive Business Training

Training Camp is grad school for entrepreneurs. Before Fellows start their jobs, they go through out 5-week intensive training where they learn the business skills necessary to thrive in a startup.

You’ll get professional training that prepares you to succeed at work while also building confidence and growing as an individual. This is where you’ll meet your entire cohort of Fellows and start establishing the relationships that will last a lifetime.

What Fellows learn at Training Camp

Work at a Startup

Be at Leader at a Growing Business

At work, you’ll be learning and leading projects to help that business grow everyday.

Expect to roll up your sleeves and be hands on. You could wearing multiple hats where no two days are the same. If you think you want to start your own business, there’s no better training than working side-by-side and learning from an experienced entrepreneur.

What Fellows do at work

Launch a Company

Start Your Own Business

Not every Fellow wants to start their own company (and we don’t expect them to) but those that do can lean on our Launch programming and resources.

As a Fellow, we’ll help you do everything to get your business off the ground – from helping you come up with ideas and validating with potential customers to investing in your business with funding. There’s no time limit so anytime you’re ready to start a business, we’ll be here.

How we help Fellows start companies

Ready to start your career at a startup?

Applications for the Class of 2020 are open!

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