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Post-Wes Journey: Jacob Eichengreen ’13 Talks VFA, Investing in Community

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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

Interview with Jacob Eichengreen ’13 and Final VFA Deadline

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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. 

Employ Your Creativity – Venture For America Information Session

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!