From Max Nussenbaum ’12:
Venture for America is a two-year fellowship program that sends recent grads to work at startups in emerging cities around the U.S. like Detroit, New Orleans, and San Antonio. By spending two years in the trenches of a startup, VFA Fellows learn how to launch their own careers as adventurers, entrepreneurs, and just generally people who do awesome stuff.
Join Wes alums Max Nussenbaum (class of 2012) and Dan Bloom (class of 2010 as they discuss their experience as VFA Fellows and now as alums starting their own companies.
Non-business-type people encouraged! For what it’s worth, Max was a creative writing major.
Check out the website for more information.
Date: Thursday, October 2nd
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114
Bring your brunch on Sunday, March 30 and hear about Jacob’s experiences as a Venture for America Fellow in Las Vegas. This is an opportunity to not only learn more about VFA but also to discuss community-catalyzing investment and his adjustment to work with startups and life in a new city.
Jacob Eichengreen ’13 is a VFA fellow working with VegasTechFund, a part of Downtown Project that seeks to build a vibrant tech community and diversify the local economy in downtown Las Vegas by investing in early-stage startups. Jacob recruits promising companies who will support the startup ecosystem and facilitates their relocation and expansion.
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Place: Usdan 110
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is gearing up for spring semester, and PCSE Director Makaela Kingsley wants to get the word out about some opportunities for current students:
Patricelli Center Seed Grants and Davis Projects for Peace Prize
Applications due Sunday, January 26
Do you have an idea for a project, program, or venture that could make the world better? Do you want $5,000 or $10,000 to get started or grow your idea? Apply now! Details, eligibility, and application instructions are here.
Move over, “Michael S. Roth ’78”—the Huffington Post has a new Wesleyan representative in town, and it’s Max Nussenbaum ’12. Sometimes known for his “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” cameo (phenomenal audition video included) and his desperate attempts to get Sylvie Stein ’12 to go to prom with him, Nussenbaum has spent the last eight months or so in Detroit, working for Are You a Human as part of Venture for America’s inaugural class. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to tell your Wesleyan friends and Wesleyan friends’ parents that you’re moving to Detroit after graduation, Nussenbaum’s compelling recent Huff Post piece, “Move Where You Can Matter,” is worth a look—as it is for anyone who’s ever felt the urge to resist the gravitational pull of the Wesleyan-Brooklyn Alumni Industrial Complex:
I talk to a guy who’s spending his next year volunteering in a Nigerian slum, and he asks me why I’d ever move somewhere as downtrodden as Detroit. Everyone makes the same dismayed face, asks the same incredulous question: “Why would you go… there?”
And “there” wasn’t just Detroit. At Wesleyan, my alma matter — like at most elite schools — “there” was anywhere that wasn’t a select handful of high-profile cities: the Bostons and New Yorks, the D.C.’s and L.A.’s. We were a cohort raised with tunnel vision, a graduating class who couldn’t find Ohio on a map and who thought “Oklahoma City” was an oxymoron. Don’t get me wrong, I was more than guilty of this myself: I heard Venture for America talk about underserved parts of the country and my first thought was Queens — you know, since everyone was moving to Brooklyn.