Venture for America Connects Local Startups with Trained Fellows

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NEW ORLEANS – Venture for America, a two-year fellowship program for recent college graduates pursuing careers in entrepreneurship, has launched its annual recruitment process of New Orleans startups and ecosystem partners to hire fellows for entry-level roles.

The national nonprofit has helped place more than 90 of its fellows in the area since 2012. The nonprofit said that each comes prepared to make an impact immediately due to the fellowship’s “rigorous selection process and the training program focused on hard and soft skills.”

“We find that startups typically come to us looking for candidates with a strong understanding of what it means to work at their fast-paced, growing companies,” said Andrew Albert, director of New Orleans at Venture For America. “In our fellows, we look for a disposition to contribute and a strong alignment to the core tenet of our work – which leans into the opportunities and benefits of entrepreneurship.”

Lucid, a New Orleans-based research technology platform that helps its clients gather first-party survey data, has found success over the past decade partnering with Venture for America to fill a variety of open roles. 2014 Fellow Dimitri Fautsch worked as a product manager while 2019 Fellow Alys Ferragamo took on an executive analyst role during her time in the fellowship. 

“Our partners work with us year after year because Venture for America is able to connect them with young professionals who are ready to make their mark,” said Brandon Mitchell, vice president of company partnerships at Venture for America. “Our fellows have a wide variety of skill sets and plenty of ways they can contribute to the rapid growth startups are aiming for.”

New Orleans-based startups and entrepreneurship support organizations are invited to learn more about recruiting a Venture for America Fellow by visiting

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