Have you heard of VFA?  If not, you can read about them here: Venture for America or read their organizational mission below:

Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.

Goals:

  • Drive talent to create jobs and spur enterprise in lower-cost cities.
  • Provide a path for entrepreneurship for young, talented college graduates.
  • Encourage entrepreneurship in parts of the United States that struggle to attract young college graduates.

The goal is that a substantial proportion of the VFA Fellows will become successful entrepreneurs, preferably rooted in the communities to which they’re assigned.  Venture for America’s purpose is job generation – our goal is to generate 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2025. 

I love their idea and I am confident they will succeed.  As I bounced around the 12+ unoccupied condominiums within the same floor of the MiMA building, I listened to over 50 candidates and the judges go through the interview process.  The interview is something I’ve never before seen and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to talk about it but it encourages team work, critical thinking and allows judges to see which candidates are the most creative, who naturally emerges as a leader, etc.  I’ll just leave it at that :)

Stay tuned!  I will be photographing their upcoming Fellow Selection Day on March 16th.

Fellow Selection Day; Andrew Yang

Fellow Selection Day

Fellow Selection Day

Fellow Selection Day

Fellow Selection Day

I took a chance and tried some real estate photography!

Venue: MiMA building on 42nd Street westside
Camera: 2x Canon 5D Mark 2
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, Sigma 85mm f/2.0
Other: Pocket Wizard FlexTT5’s, Think Tank Airport International V2.0

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