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.

Are you at your best when you're building?

Learn on the Job at a Startup

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

Apprentice to a Founder

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

Do you want to have an impact on our cities?

Help a Company Grow

Help strengthen the local economy in one of our 14 cities by helping a startup there grow and create jobs.

Be a Positive Force Locally

Lay down roots in your new city by giving back, being active, and truly becoming an engaged local citizen.

Do you thrive in a supportive community?

Make Lifelong Friends

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

Connect into our Network

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

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.

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