Is VFA Right For Me?

Venture For America is an inclusive community of aspiring startup leaders and entrepreneurs. If you're looking for a high-growth career where you can make an impact, read on.

Do you think like an entrepreneur?

Work at a Startup

Get hands-on experience working at a fast-paced startup. It's like a professional and personal development fast track.

Learn from a Founder

Work alongside an experienced entrepreneur to learn how to grow and scale a business first-hand.

Do you thrive in a supportive community?

Connect with Fellows

You'll find friends, business partners, and co-founders in our Fellowship cohorts - people you can build your life and grow your career with.

Join Our Network

Tap into our diverse network of Alumni, mentors, advisors, and investors nationwide, all committed to building businesses and making an impact.

Do you want to make an impact?

Contribute to a Growing City

Live and work in one of our 15 cities and help strengthen the local economy by growing a business and creating jobs.

Be a Positive Force Locally

Lay down roots in your new city by giving back, being active, and truly becoming a member of the community.

What We Believe

Our community is what makes VFA a true Fellowship, not just a loose network. We believe every Fellow brings different skills, experiences, and goals to the table. There is no checklist of traits that make a perfect applicant. But what our Fellows do have in common is a shared set of principles.

Everything we do is guided by our credo, five beliefs that speak to our core values.  These are the ideals we were founded on, that define our community, and that unite all of our Fellows, Alumni, and Team.

My career is a choice that indicates my values

There is no courage without risk

Value creation is how I measure achievement

I will create opportunity for myself and others

I will act with integrity in all things

What do these beliefs look like in practice? Operating with a strong, independent work ethic. Finding ways to thrive in the face of pressure and ambiguity. Putting an emphasis on building new solutions to existing problems. Lastly, it means always working towards a greater goal.

If this sounds like the way you want to launch your career, VFA might be the right choice for you.

Ready to Get Started?

Your Startup Career Journey

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 the skills that will accelerate your career for the long term.

See how Fellows find jobs

Get Intensive Business Training

Training Camp is grad school for entrepreneurs. Before Fellows start their jobs, they go through our month-long 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.

Learn more about 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 be 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.

See 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 who 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.

Learn more about Launch

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 the skills that will accelerate your career for the long term.

See 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 our month-long 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.

Learn more about 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 be 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.

See 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 who 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.

Learn more about Launch

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Venture For America believes that our community of Fellows, Company Partners, Team and Supporters should reflect the diversity of this country. We also see that our Fellowship represents a unique opportunity for women and people of color to on-ramp into a career in technology and entrepreneurship, where they are woefully underrepresented.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion through all aspects of our programming and operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a programmer?

No. You don’t have to be a programmer or a business major to be a great Fellow. All kinds of skills can translate into success at a startup job, as long as you’re ready to hustle, try new things, and learn on the go. If you’ve been a leader on campus, gained skills at internships or jobs, and care about finding a career where you make a real impact day-to-day, you might be a great fit! 

Is VFA the right move for me if I’m trying to change careers?

Our Fellowship is designed for recent grads (meaning graduating seniors, those a year or two into their careers, or grad students with a year or two of advanced schooling). Our training, mentorship, and job opportunities are targeted to entry-level talent, so if you have three or more years of professional experience or advanced schooling, this might not be the best fit.

What if I have student loan debt?

In an effort to make the Fellowship an attractive opportunity for candidates from all backgrounds, we offer the VFA Opportunity Award for Loan Assistance, made possible by the generosity of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of financial need and other criteria provided. You may opt-in to apply for the award when you submit your fellowship application. Winners will be announced in June, before the beginning of Training Camp.

What are VFA’s core values?

If our credo resonates with you, there’s a good chance you’re a good fit for VFA.

Here’s what we believe in:

  1. My career is a choice that indicates my values
  2. There is no courage without risk
  3. Value creation is how I measure achievement
  4. I will create opportunity for myself and others
  5. I will act with integrity in all things
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