Dynamic, gritty, and resolute. Philadelphia Fellows use these three adjectives to describe the City of Brotherly Love.
Innovation in the Birthplace of America
Home to the Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence, Venture For America Fellows have also called Philly home since 2013.
Whether it is the lively and unique neighborhoods, strong arts scene, or world-class food, this city offers an inviting environment in which Fellows build their lives. Several Fellows find themselves in biotech and medtech spaces due to UPenn and Jefferson’s influences on the city. Other Fellows pursue opportunities in the worlds of communications, edtech, and SaaS.
Philly’s claim to fame in the world of Venture For America? It hosted the Accelerator in 2015 and 2016!
VFA Philadelphia By The Numbers
Since VFA's arrival in 2013
80 Company Partners
Have hired Fellows
8 Fellow-Founded Companies
Based in Philly
How Fellows describe Philly
"A small town feel in a big city."
Jason Chato '18
"The startup ecosystem is tight knit and helpful."
Mariah Schmidt '17
"Lots of opportunities to make a difference!"
Dylan Yuska '18
Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:
Muhga Eltigani '14, Founder at NaturALL Club
The daughter of entrepreneurial immigrants, Muhga Eltigani, a 2014 Fellow, always had an affinity for the side hustle. During college, she documented her experiments with homemade haircare on YouTube, earning a large and loyal following.
After graduating, Muhga joined VFA and began working in Cleveland. Over the next year, she honed her marketing skills, spent time with the entrepreneurial community, and realized she had a business idea on her hands. Encouraged by the VFA team, she ran a crowdfunding campaign through the VFA Innovation Fund and produced her first batch of products. Soon, NaturAll Club became a full-time job when she took things to the next level in Philly at the 2015 VFA Accelerator
Recognized by Forbes “30 Under 30” List for retail and e-commerce, Muhga secured a $1 million investment from Shea Moisture co-founder Rich Dennis in February 2019.Read more about NaturALL Club
What Fellows Love about Philly
"Finding common interests and having fun exploring those!"
Jason Chato, '18 Fellow
"Historical sites like Independence Hall, Love Park, and the Art Museum."
Stephanie Guzman, '18 Fellow
"Gathering at each others' apartments for meals!"
Chris D'Silva, '18 Fellow
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“Many of our Fellows have already gotten promotions or moved into other roles within the company, showcasing that VFA is a sustainable program for us as we grow here at Guru.”– Rick Nucci, Guru