Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The most valuable thing we’ve created at Venture For America is our community – made up of our Fellows and Alums, supporters, friends, and the VFA Team. We encourage each other to be authentic and strive to become better versions of ourselves by challenging assumptions and having everyone feel they belong.

Our Opportunity in Diversity

What we’ve created at VFA represents a unique community and opportunity. For our Company Partners, we connect them with talented and diverse recent graduates who are eager to build. For our Cities, we are a partner in their work of inclusive economic development. For our Team and Supporters, it’s an opportunity to make an impact and push our mission forward alongside committed professionals.

Our aim is to leave everything we touch better than we found it – with our Fellowship stronger and the entrepreneurship industry more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming.

Steps We're Taking to Do More

Our Support for Black Lives

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DEI Audit from Yardstick

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Strategic Vision

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Our DEI Journey

An Equitable Vision of Entrepreneurship

For our Fellows, we are an onramp into careers in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, particularly for communities that have been historically underrepresented in these industries.

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Resources for and by Fellows

RISE is a coalition of diversity, equity, and inclusion resource groups for VFA Fellows and Alums. RISE exists to empower, provide opportunities, and create a formal community space for Fellows and Alums who identify as members of underrepresented groups in entrepreneurial and innovation communities. Fellows lead RISE groups with the support of the VFA Team and a yearly budget that funds educational and community building programs.

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Creating Onramps to Entrepreneurship

At the 2019 Social Innovation Summit, Venture For America announced its new initiative, Operation 3 to 300, to help 300 women and REMs become entrepreneurs over the next three years. Joined in this effort by UBS and Uber, VFA has set a goal to change the face of entrepreneurship.

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Providing Support for Fellow Founders

With access to VFA’s resources for entrepreneurs, our Fellow Founders are building companies that generate innovative solutions to challenges that different communities face.

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A Belief in the Power of Entrepreneurship

Many of these programmatic efforts are led by the VFA Team, who all come from different backgrounds and experiences. They lend their expertise to tackling many of the systemic challenges that overlooked entrepreneurs have faced.

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Representation of Class

An Equitable Vision of Entrepreneurship

For our Fellows, we are an onramp into careers in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, particularly for communities that have been historically underrepresented in these industries.

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RISE

Resources for and by Fellows

RISE is a coalition of diversity, equity, and inclusion resource groups for VFA Fellows and Alums. RISE exists to empower, provide opportunities, and create a formal community space for Fellows and Alums who identify as members of underrepresented groups in entrepreneurial and innovation communities. Fellows lead RISE groups with the support of the VFA Team and a yearly budget that funds educational and community building programs.

Learn more

Operation 3 to 300

Creating Onramps to Entrepreneurship

At the 2019 Social Innovation Summit, Venture For America announced its new initiative, Operation 3 to 300, to help 300 women and REMs become entrepreneurs over the next three years. Joined in this effort by UBS and Uber, VFA has set a goal to change the face of entrepreneurship.

Learn more

Our Fellow Founders

Providing Support for Fellow Founders

With access to VFA’s resources for entrepreneurs, our Fellow Founders are building companies that generate innovative solutions to challenges that different communities face.

Learn more

Our Team

A Belief in the Power of Entrepreneurship

Many of these programmatic efforts are led by the VFA Team, who all come from different backgrounds and experiences. They lend their expertise to tackling many of the systemic challenges that overlooked entrepreneurs have faced.

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