Meet Venture for America’s new St. Louis fellows

St. Louis Business Journal
September 24, 2018
By Joe Dwyer

Venture For America is sending 12 recent college graduates to startups in St. Louis.

The program, similar to Teach for America, brings entrepreneurs to cities around the nation and embeds them with innovative companies.

St. Loiusan Amy Nelson is CEO of Venture For America.

St. Louis received its first class of fellows in 2014 and since then has received 33 Fellows. The 2018 cohort is the fourth and largest of Venture For America in St. Louis.

“There is a dynamic startup industry in St. Louis, and our Fellows are making demonstrated impacts across a wide spectrum of industries. We’re excited to continue to grow our presence in the city by bringing our largest ever cohort to St. Louis this year,” Nelson said in a statement.

The 2018 members of the St. Louis cohort are:

  • Rohit Bhatia, Brown University, SixThirty
  • Margaret Brigman, Rice University, Cultivation Capital
  • Kossivi Esse, Washington University, LaunchCode
  • Elianna Goldstein, UNC, Boeing HorizonX
  • Gabrielle Kirlew, Dartmouth College, Summersalt
  • Destinee Mentor-Richards, Amherst College, Boeing HorizonX
  • William Miller, University of Missouri-Columbia, Engagedly
  • Sarah Minkler, Cornell University, Total Access Urgent Care
  • Nicholas Rafferty, Washington University, LaunchCode
  • Luke Wasynczuk, Washington University, iSelect Fund
  • Jessi Wilcox, Amherst College, LaunchCode
  • Jin Zhang, University of California-Davis, SixThirty
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