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Venture for America chooses its first Miami Fellows

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Venture for America has selected its first Miami Fellows.

The national nonprofit recruits top-caliber recent grads and sends them to startups looking for talent. VFA focuses on communities with promising companies and a low cost of living - ideal places for a young person to launch a career while creating value for a growing company. Its fellows are already at work or heading to work in more than a dozen cities, including Miami.

“Venture for America will help bring more top-tier college graduates to Miami, expanding both the city’s talent pool and helping Miami entrepreneurs build thriving, job-creating businesses,” Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami, said in April when it announced it would provide a $126,000 grant to help bring a chapter to Miami.

Venture for America set out to recruit, select, train and place seven Venture for America Fellows with Miami startups, which also were vetted by Venture for America. These recent college graduates underwent a five-week training camp at Brown University to hone skills they needed to contribute to high-impact local companies. With their companies, VFA Fellows will serve as core team members, receiving first-hand experience in building startups while helping them grow, and will receive $38,000 a year plus benefits for two years.

With no further ado, meet the new Fellows:

Aldo Avanzini, graduate of Columbia University/mechanical engineering. Going to: Rokk3r Labs.

Nazli Danis, graduate of Barnard College/art history and architecture. Going to: Kairos.

Ari Fine, graduated from the College Scholar program at Cornell/psychology, finance and the art market. Going to CrowdSettlements.

Seth Forsgren, graduated from Princeton/molecular biology, global health, health policy. Going to: Rokk3r Labs.

Jackson Morton, graduated from Duke/biomedical engineering. Going to: Cirle.

Austin Rhoads, graduated from Elon University/marketing and international business. Going to: Vero Water.

Leigh Sevin, graduated from Georgetown/American studies and economics. Going to: Zeel.

Download Class of 2014 Miami Fellows

Posted Aug. 26, 2014