Venture for America, a fellowship program that places recent graduates at startups, will expand to Kansas City starting next year.
Each fellowship lasts two years. Venture for America will bring seven to 10 fellows to Kansas City each year, where they’ll work with growing, early-stage companies. The fellows provide crucial help to startups, but they also learn the skills that go into creating a new company—positioning them to eventually create their own startups.
Nationally, the program has helped create more than 2,000 U.S. jobs.
“Our goal at Venture for America is to put more of our young people in a position to contribute to economic development in American cities and communities,” said Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America.
“Kansas City is a natural choice for expansion as it has tremendous assets and entrepreneurs as well as exciting growth companies. We are thrilled to partner with the Kauffman Foundation to bring bright and talented college graduates to the City of Fountains.”
Right now, organizers are looking for startups interested in hiring a Venture for America fellow. Interested companies should contact Tom Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 class of fellows will be trained during the summer, then start working with Kansas City startups in August.
”As a growing entrepreneurial city, Kansas City is primed for Venture for America’s keen ability to cultivate future entrepreneurs by matching them with startups,” said Victor Hwang, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “Kansas City startups will gain as much as the VFA Fellows who will apprentice in these emerging companies.”