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
If you’ve missed your favorite late-night Espwesso barista, you’ll be happy to hear that he’s now making waves as a Venture for America Fellow in downtown Las Vegas. Since the final VFA deadline (Monday, March 24th) is approaching rapidly, Jacob Eichengreen ’13 agreed to an interview about his post-graduation experiences, and the takeaway is honest and encouraging: “Life after graduation is uncomfortable,” but there’s great personal and professional growth to be found in taking risks and embracing discomfort.
For more information on risk-taking and growth with VFA, contact Jacob at jacob.eichengreen[at]gmail[dot]com or the campus ambassador at scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
What sparked your interest in VFA and what led you to choose the fellowship over other options you had during your senior year?
I chose VFA early on. I did the second Selection Day and it was one of those things where the more I went through the process, the more I started focusing on VFA and the less I was focusing on everything else. Lauren Gill actually gave me a cold call at some point senior year and I was a huge jerk and hung up on her. She then emailed me and said that Josh Levine ’12 had put my name down as someone who would find the program interesting. We ended up having a good conversation and I said okay, I really respect Josh, let’s just see what happens.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Wesleyan Women in Business and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society invite you to an afternoon of games that promote the skills necessary for success in the startup world.
Challenge your friends to chess or Cranium, eat pizza, win prizes, and learn more about entrepreneurship on campus and beyond! Sponsored by Venture for America and the Adelphic Education Fund.
You can read here about how people in 138 countries around the world are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Date: TODAY, Friday, November 22
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 115
Courtesy of Rosy Capron ’14, Venture for America Campus Ambassador:
Imagine a job that teaches you valuable skills, encourages creativity, and contributes to social good. Now imagine that it’s in a low-cost city (no NYC/LA/Boston rents to pay!) with a supportive group of peers and mentors. This may sound like a dream, but Venture for America makes it a reality!
VFA is a nonprofit organization that matches high-achieving college grads with start-up companies around the country. After a summer intensive training program and two years of exciting, enlightening work, VFA fellows come away with the knowledge, experience, and networks necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs and to potentially start their own businesses, thereby contributing to job creation and economic growth.
Courtesy of Rosy Capron ’14:
Imagine a job that teaches you valuable skills, encourages creativity, and contributes to social good. Now imagine that it’s in a low-cost city (no NYC/LA/Boston rents to pay!) with a supportive group of peers and mentors. This may sound like a dream, but Venture for America makes it a reality, and they’re coming to campus for an info session this Monday!
VFA is a nonprofit organization that matches high-achieving college grads with start-up companies around the country. After a summer intensive training program and two years of exciting, enlightening work, VFA fellows come away with the knowledge and experience to succeed as entrepreneurs and to potentially start their own businesses, thereby contributing to job creation and economic growth.
This is an opportunity for students from all majors (not just Computer Science and other subjects your mom begged you to study), and no prior experience with business is required.
Date: Monday, September 23
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave, Olson Commons (First Floor)
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.
From the super cool Adam Rashkoff ’13:
Once you graduate, do you want to take a job that teaches you valuable career skills, puts you in with a supportive peer group, encourages you to think creatively, and empowers you to contribute to social good?
If you answered YES to these questions, you may be interested in Venture For America, a new nonprofit organization that matches high achieving college students with full-time jobs (read: NOT internships) at start-up companies in cities across the country.
VFA Fellows attend an intense summer training program in broadly applicable business skills (i.e. financial analysis/modeling, project management, sales, search engine optimization/marketing, taking care of business, etc.) before spending two years working at a start-up company that fits their individual skills, interests, and experience. Note that this opportunity is open to students from all majors, and no prior business experience is required.
Below is a message from Adam Rashkoff ’13, Campus Ambassador for Venture for America (VFA), regarding an awesome VFA info session happening tomorrow! Andrew Yang, founder of VFA — the new nonprofit organization that aims to match high achieving college students with
internships full-time jobs at start-up companies in cities across the country — will be on campus to talk about opportunities to become VFA Fellows after graduating from Wes! See more info after the jump.
- What: Venture for America Info Session
- When: Tuesday, September 11th @ 4PM
- Where: PAC 001
- Who: all students are welcome to attend!
Do you want to start or run your own business someday?
The best way to learn how to do it is to work alongside an entrepreneur who is doing just that.
Come learn about Venture for America, the new two-year fellowship program in which top recent college graduates will work at start ups in low-cost cities supporting an entrepreneur in growing his or her business. Fellows attend a 5-week boot camp at Brown University in Summer, 2012 with experienced entrepreneurs and investors before beginning assignment. The top performing Fellow receives $100k in seed investment to start his or her own enterprise.
Founder Andrew Yang will be holding an info session and meet and greet this Wednesday, February 1st, at 6 pm in room 112 of 41 Wyllys (the new Career Center). There’ll be pizza too! Check out www.ventureforamerica.org to learn more.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1
Time: 6 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 112