Venture for America (VFA) is a nonprofit program dedicated to creating economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs. We're proud to be helping this mission and employee 8 bright young VFA Fellows. Read their stories below!
In this early phase of my professional life, the thing I've learned most is that my number one professional goal and value is alignment. Does the day-to-day of my role challenge and fulfill me?
On any given day at Leverege, I play the role of marketing manager, social media coordinator, PR professional, community director, content creator, editor, scheduler and podcast producer (to name a few). So how did I get here? Allow me to explain…
I'm still not sure how I ended up at Leverege, but I'm glad I did. I had no concept of entrepreneurship growing up, unless you count disparaging media images of tech magnates and money-hungry risk-takers.
Going into Northwestern, I wanted to become a product designer. No, not a digital product designer, but rather an industrial designer. I was fascinated with consumer products – I wanted to design pens, chairs, and toothbrushes.
During my last two years at Yale, I began to think seriously about post-graduation plans. Having immersed myself in entrepreneurship by starting a consultancy for college founders and participating in an international startup accelerator, it was clear that my only routes to professional fulfillment were 1) start my own company or 2) work for a rapidly growing startup.
There are very few instances where “reactionary” anything returns a positive result–hiring is definitely not one of them. The best businesses are proactive. Any time a business is waiting to react, they are already behind.
If I told you I planned to be a Venture for America (VFA) Fellow working at Leverege and IoT For All, I'd be lying. I'd also be lying if I claimed that five or ten years ago I ever could've imagined I'd end up here at Leverege.
October of my senior year of Georgetown, I felt utterly lost. I was writing my thesis and finishing up required classes for my major (Global Health) with no intention of entering that field post-graduation.
When I was in college, I must have switched my career choice upwards of 50 times. First it was going to be real estate, then I was going to follow my parents’ footsteps and become an attorney, to real estate again, then investment banking, so on and so forth.
As a college student, I spent most of my time working on side projects, either for research labs at school or for local clinicians and scientists in the Pittsburgh area. I did this as a way to learn new skills and figure out what I was interested in.
One of Venture for America’s credos states that “There is no courage without risk.” For many college graduates, joining a small startup carries an inherent risk. This is especially true for many VFA partner companies, located outside the traditional startup hubs like Silicon...
It’s National Entrepreneurship Month and Venture for America has been sharing some excellent resources on building companies and becoming entrepreneurs in the Build Something Toolkit Series. This week, the focus has been on building the right team...
When I turned 16 I got my first job working at a SuperTarget behind the counter of their snack bar. The job was neither particularly good nor bad.
If I told you I always wanted to work at a startup, or that Venture for America (VFA) was on my radar as my number one post-grad choice, I’d be lying. It was happenstance that my friend chatted me the VFA application link three days before the final deadline...
It seems that the spotlight on entrepreneurship nowadays almost compels people to have this newfound conviction or aspiration to join the startup world. I would be lying if I were to say that I knew I was destined to join a startup. My plan initially, like...
As a freshman entering Brown University, I was convinced that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. One of the most significant reasons for choosing Brown was their open curriculum; this approach allows students to choose their own path rather than be forced to...
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