The VFA Experience

Getting accepted into Venture For America is just the beginning. This experience is more than a two-year Fellowship—it’s a tight-knit community and a lifelong resource.

How to apply

What You'll Do as a Fellow

Find a Job at a Startup

Learn Startup Skills at Training Camp

Work Full-Time at a Startup

Start a Company

Find a Job at a Startup

Unlike many traditional fellowship programs, we don’t tell VFA Fellows where they have to work. Instead, we help them find a job that’s the right fit for their skills and goals.

Once you are accepted into VFA, you will have access to our private job placement platform, VFA Match. There, you’ll have access to the hundreds of startups that are specifically looking to hire VFA Fellows.

You’ll be driving the process forward, but you’re not in this alone—we’re here as your trusted co-pilot, helping you navigate this process from start to finish.

Venture For America has been some of the best two years of my life. I've accomplished so much based on my grit and drive to learn. I've met the best people that I know will be a part of my network for the rest of my life, and some people that will now be lifelong friends. VFA helped me see that I can do anything as long as I put in enough work and I feel so empowered recognizing that skill in myself.

– Elizabeth Duffield, Class of 2016
Learn the Skills You'll Need at Training Camp

Learn the Skills You'll Need at Training Camp

Our top priority is making sure that VFA Fellows are ready to contribute and make an impact on their startups from day one.

We do that at our annual Training Camp, a month-long intensive startup bootcamp that prepares you to excel in a fast-paced, high-intensity startup environment. You’ll spend five weeks living and working alongside the rest of your Fellow class, honing the skills you’ll need to add value at your startup and also introduce you to the knowledge you need to become a founder, and developing the mindsets—and friendships—that will keep you calm and grounded along the way.

What Fellows learn at Training Camp

Work Full-Time at a Startup

After Training Camp, our Fellows head off to their cities and begin working at their startups.

At work, VFA Fellows are thrown into fast-paced, growing businesses where they can put the lessons they learned to good use.

No two jobs are alike, but as a Fellow, you’ll wear a lot of hats, discover and hone your strengths, and contribute firsthand to the growth of something new, with all the frustration and satisfaction that entails. You’ll learn, grow, and emerge a stronger person who can help make a range of organizations more successful.

Start a Company

Start a Company

We don’t expect all of our Fellows to go on to start their own companies, but we have the support and resources available for the ones that do.

Our Launch programming helps aspiring founders at every stage of the process, from generating and validating ideas, to developing a business model and raising investment capital.

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Life as a VFA Fellow

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