Who We Are

VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent college grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important hard and soft skills at our month-long Training Camp, apply for jobs within our company network, and work as full-time, salaried employees in one of 13 cities. When Fellows are ready to start a company – be it two years after college or ten – VFA has the resources (like local Ideation Sessions and a national Accelerator) and an Evergreen Fund to help make that dream a reality.

We’re a community of builders with integrity who are dedicated to creating a better future. We’re a collective of supporters, advisors, and leaders who believe that entrepreneurship changes lives, strengthens communities, and makes those who take the leap better versions of themselves.

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Our Work

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Our People

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Our Fellows

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The Venture For America Podcast

Smart People Should Build Things

Check out the archived episodes of the VFA podcasts and hear from entrepreneurs about their journeys to building their companies.

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Watch: Generation Startup

GENERATION STARTUP, an independent documentary, takes viewers to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six Venture for America Fellows who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity, while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.

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