Become a Fellow

Venture for America is a fellowship program that places recent graduates at startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, forging a community of entrepreneurs committed to building companies that matter.

There is no courage without risk

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to create new opportunities, revitalize cities, and change the landscape of American innovation.

But it takes more than just an entrepreneurial spirit to build things that really matter. Our Fellows value integrity over taking the easy road. Hard work over quick wins. Community over going it alone.

It’s not easy to build something the right way—but if you wanted easy, you wouldn’t be here.

What you do after college matters so much—not just in the content of what you're doing everyday, but in the people you surround yourself with. You're going to learn a ton, probably have to make a lot of choices, and figure out who you are and what you want to do in the world. Being surrounded by a group of the most inspirational, wacky, brilliant people that you'll ever meet can do wonders for you ability to wrestle with those questions. I can't think of a better place to be after college than VFA.

– Hetali Lodaya '14
Is VFA for You?

Is VFA for You?

There’s no formula for a great Fellow. All kinds of skills, experiences, and backgrounds can help a person succeed as a startup employee or founder—our Fellows are proof of that. But there are a few things we look for in every applicant: integrity, the ability to contribute from day one, and a commitment to our mission, to name a few. If you’re ready to work hard and create opportunities where they’re needed, VFA might be the right next step for you.

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How to Apply

Admissions are competitive, but we have no hard cap on the number of Fellows in a class. We accept every candidate who we think would be a great fit—which means we’re on your side through the entire three-part process. With our written application, Skype interview round, and full-day in-person interview, we aim to get to know you as a whole person.

Life as a VFA Fellow

Life as a VFA Fellow

As a Fellow, you’ll spend five weeks at Training Camp, learning the hard and soft skills you’ll need to excel at a startup; work for two years at a high-growth company in one of our 17 cities, learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship; join a tight-knit community of likeminded builders; and gain access to the resources that will help you build something of your own, from community initiatives to startups.

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Life After VFA

Our alumni can tell you: VFA isn’t over after your two years as a Fellow. We offer our alumni continued training, access to our mentor network, and plenty of opportunities to stay in touch and reconnect with their fellow Fellows—plus resources like our crowdfunding competition, seed fund, and accelerator, which have helped dozens of alumni launch companies of their own.

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