FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Smith, Venture For America
CHARLOTTE WELCOMES EIGHT VENTURE FOR AMERICA FELLOWS
NATIONAL PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH HIGH GROWTH STARTUPS SUCH AS DEALCOUD AND PASSPORT
[Charlotte, NC] [September 2018] – Venture For America (VFA), a two-year fellowship program for recent college graduates interested in entrepreneurship and working in a fast-paced, innovative startup environment, announced that it will send eight Fellows in its newest class
to startups in Charlotte.
The 2018 cohort of eight aspiring entrepreneurs heading to six different companies marks the fourth year in Charlotte for VFA. The addition of this cohort to the existing twenty Fellows and alumni in Charlotte signifies the success of the program in the city.
One of VFA Charlotte’s first company partners in 2015 was DealCloud, the fintech firm that was recently acquired by a Silicon Valley software company called Intapp. DealCloud, which employs over 400 people globally, currently employs two Fellows and two alumni who
continued to work for the company after the Fellowship concluded.
“The 2018 VFA Charlotte Fellows represent the fourth class that have elected to join high growth companies headquartered in the Queen City,” says Rob Cummings, VFA Charlotte Board Member. “We welcome both their excitement to join their new companies and their passion to leave a lasting impact on Charlotte. As the former hiring manager at DealCloud, I can confidently say that the VFA talent pool is unmatched and that we are lucky to have VFA in our city.”
The startup ecosystem in Charlotte has benefitted from VFA Fellows living out the mission of VFA to create economic opportunity in American cities. VFA Fellows produced the Queen City’s largest fintech conference, Fintech Generations, and helped lead the rebrand of
on-demand dog-walking company Skipper.
A number of Fellows have stayed in the Queen City upon the completion of the program to help grow larger tech companies such as Passport and Red Ventures. One alumnus has remained in Charlotte to build his own company, Jam, which helps companies retain their top talent.
“Venture For America is excited to grow our presence in the Charlotte entrepreneurial ecosystem with our newest class of Fellows. Our organization has been able to plug into the energy around startups here, and we are excited to see developments like the acquisition of
DealCloud, one of our long-time partners,” says Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America.
“There is immense potential for startups in the Charlotte, and we are hoping to deepen our impact and presence in the city in the coming months.”
Venture For America hopes to continue to grow in Charlotte and impact the entrepreneurial ecosystem through hiring a Community Director for the city. Those interested in applying for the role of Director of Charlotte and Miami can do so here.
Charlotte’s new Fellows for 2018 are:
● Betsy Yang, Queen City Fintech, University of Massachusetts
● Marco Burgarello, Queen City Fintech, Grand Canyon University
● Danielle Deavens, ShopOff, Elon University
● Ryan Davey, Passport, Harvard University
● Halley Cummings, Passport, Washington University in St. Louis
● Josh Leiner, Skipper, Bates College
● Sara Baronsky, DealCloud, Bowdoin College
● Ciara May, Johnson C. Smith University New Science Center, University of Missouri-Columbia
Venture For America has worked with more than 800 recent graduates to launch their careers and is currently placing Fellows in startups in 14 cities across the country. For more information on Venture For America, please visit https://ventureforamerica.org.
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Venture For America is creating economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs.