Meet Venture for America’s new KC fellows

Kansas City Business Journal
September 25, 2018
By Leslie Collins

Venture for America placed two fellows in the Kansas City market this year, inching toward its goal of eventually placing as many as 15 fellows a year in area companies.

The two-year fellowship program launched in Kansas City in 2017 and aims to turn recent college graduates into entrepreneurs. It pairs them with high-growth startups and early-stage companies. Last year, it placed one fellow with Kansas City tech startup Pepper.

This year’s fellows are Chad Feather, who graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Apurva Kasam, who graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Feather will work at KCRise Fund, a Kansas City-based sidecar fund that co-invests with institutional venture capital investors in early-stage companies based in the metro area. Kasam has been placed with Kansas City-based Super Dispatch, which developed a tech platform that helps automotive logistics companies eliminate paperwork and manage loads, drivers and billing in one place.

Venture for America was founded in 2011 and offers programs in 15 cities. The goal is to create an on-ramp to entrepreneurship and equip young grads with the tools and resources they need to successfully launch and build a business in the future.

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