With support from the Kauffman Foundation, Venture for America (VFA), a fellowship program that empowers enterprising recent graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities, will expand its operations to Kansas City in 2017.
VFA partners with startups, business leaders and foundations in 17 U.S. cities and aims to generate new jobs by providing early-stage companies the talent they need to thrive by training a critical mass of top graduates to become business builders and job creators. VFA and its partner companies have contributed to the creation of more than 2,000 new jobs in the United States. Kansas City is a natural choice for VFA expansion because of the city’s tremendous assets, entrepreneurs and growth companies.
VFA Fellows accepted into the Kansas City’s Class of 2017 will attend a five-week training program in June to prepare for their roles at startups. In August 2017, Venture for America Fellows matched with startups in Kansas City will begin their two-year fellowships, serving as core members at growth companies while receiving first-hand experience in building a startup and helping Kansas City entrepreneurs expand and scale. This two-year grant will bring seven to 10 Fellows to Kansas City for each of the next two years.
Venture for America is currently looking for startup partners interested in hiring a Venture for America Fellow. For more information contact Tom Griffin.