Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Venture for America, Fellow-Early Admission, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 11633

Mon, April 11, 2016

WHO WE ARE: 
Venture for America is a fellowship program for recent grads who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. VFA Fellows get training and join a startup in an emerging US city, where they live and work for two years at one of our hundreds of partner companies. They learn hands-on what it takes to build a company, while getting the mentorship, network, and ongoing support to prepare themselves to become successful entrepreneurs. Our goal is to spark job growth in cities that need it by sending our top talent to help grow the businesses that will make it happen. 

OUR MISSION: 
- To revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship. 
- To enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others. 
- To restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk & reward, and the common good. 

THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: 
- A great startup job. Get access to hundreds of vetted opportunities at our partner startups and find your team fit. 
- World-class training. Attend a rigorous five-week training program that includes multi-day workshops, group and individual challenges, and includes sessions led by Flatiron School, IDEO, McKinsey, and noteworthy entrepreneurs and investors. 
- A close-knit network. Join a community of talented peers, mentors, and advisors that includes experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts. 
- Skills development. Follow a robust two-year curriculum with opportunities for ongoing skill and character development, along with events and programs to keep you plugged into the Fellow network. 
- Access to capital. Launch projects or ventures of your own using resources such as the $100K VFA Seed Fund, our investor council, or our $50K Innovation fund for pro-social projects and businesses. 

ALUMNI HAVE ACCESS TO: 
- The VFA Seed Fund: Access to $100K+ in investment annually for launching Fellow-led companies. 
- VFA Accelerator: Resources to help Fellow Founders refine their business models, prepare for meetings with outside investors, and launch their business the right way. 
- VFA Investment Council: A group of 10+ third-party angel investors who invest in Fellow ventures. 
- VFA Alumni Network: Opportunities to stay connected through alumni boards, events, on-campus recruitment, mentoring younger Fellows, and more. 

WHY APPLY NOW: 
-You know you want to join VFA and you’re already a strong candidate 
-You expect to receive other job offers and want to know your status with VFA early on 
-If you’re accepted, we’ll get you involved right away and start inviting you to VFA events (including a sneak peek into Training Camp next summer!) 
-You want to begin connecting with the Fellows, Team, and VFA Network 
-Once you’re a Fellow, we can help you identify your strengths and give you tips on how to build skills, better prepare for work at a growth company, and make the most of the year ahead 

WHO YOU ARE: 
Our Early Admissions Programs is a chance for outstanding juniors to get a jumpstart on joining VFA an entire year before graduation. College students graduating with their first undergraduate degree between July 2016 and June 2017 could have VFA offers for the Class of 2017 in hand before summer break even begins. As long as you meet our regular selection standards along with the additional criteria (below), we’d love to see you apply! 
-You’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
-You have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above 
-You’ll complete your first bachelor’s degree between July 2016-June 2017 
-You already believe you’re a strong candidate for VFA in every way 
-You will have a compelling internship or skill-building experience lined up for the summer before senior year

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