Venture for America accepting applications; SU entrepreneurs encouraged to apply


Venture for America (VFA) is looking for student entrepreneurs.

VFA is accepting applications from students who expect to graduate in May 2018 for its upcoming program.  VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important startup skills at a five-week summer training camp, apply for jobs within the VFA vetted company network, and then work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 18 cities. When Fellows are ready to start a company—be it two years after college or ten—VFA has the resources such as crowdfunding competitions and connections to seed funding, to help make that dream a reality.

Deadline to apply for the upcoming program is January 29, 2018.

Former SU Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneur Dylan Kim ’16, founder of Brevite, participated in the fellowship program, and successfully launched his company, now operating out of New York City.  The Blackstone LaunchPad global network is collaborating to encourage aspiring student entrepreneurs to apply to the upcoming VFA cycle.

This year, VFA has announced their intent to become an onramp to entrepreneurship for historically underrepresented groups, and simultaneously grow the equity and inclusion resources Fellows are provided with through VFA.  They have asked the 20 campuses that are part of the Blackstone LaunchPad global network to help spread the word about this special emphasis on equity and inclusion.

On January 22nd at 7:30 pm EST, Venture for America’s CEO, Amy Nelson, and members of VFA Rise, its identity-based resource group, will discuss VFA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and answer general questions about the Fellowship in advance of the final, January 29 deadline. Register for the January 22 event.

An overview of the application process, as well as impressive VFA program stats, can be found here:  VFA by the numbers.

Learn more, and apply by January 29, 2018 here: