Entrepreneurship Program Venture for America Visits with Lasell Students

Entrepreneurship Program Venture for America Visits with Lasell Students

September 09, 2014

Team members from the entrepreneurship and start-up matching organization Venture for America visited with Lasell students this week to talk about the program and how students can become involved post-graduation.

Eileen Lee, Chief Operating Officer, and Cathlin Olszewski, Senior Programs Manager, for VFA spoke to about a dozen students in Professor Loredana Padurean's entrepreneurship class on Monday, September 8.

Lee, who joined VFA after working as a consultant for Accenture, told the class that she was attracted to the organization because of its mission to share new and promising ideas. "One thing I have learned is you don't need to [bring] the idea because companies need people to help see their ideas [come to fruition,]" Lee said.

VFA works with recent graduates who have a passion for entrepreneurship and matches them with budding start-ups in a dozen cities across the United States. Many of those start-ups are helping to revitalize struggling cities by building new business in those locations. Among the cities where VFA has had an impact are Las Vegas and Detroit.

"It's about being passionate about what you do," added Lee, who said VFA is currently in the process of reviewing applications for next year's class of VFA fellows - who will be chosen to work at start-ups across the country.

Lee and Olszewski told the class the VFA environment works to join the fellows together to learn from each other, solve problems and prepare them to work for start-up companies.

"We try to figure out the right environment for you," Lee said.

For more information about VFA, visit the website.