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COVID-19 Policy Updates

Hi Fellow & Alumni Community,

With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, VFA will be doing our best to keep you updated about all changes to our regularly scheduled programming, both for Fellows and Alumni. Please see below for updates on VFA Programming:

Staying the Course

We are encouraged by the mass distribution and availability of vaccines that are helping control of the COVID-19 crisis. We know it is easy to give in to our desire to return to normalcy, but we must do our part to not contribute to the spread of this disease in our communities. There are still individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, at high risk and cases still rising in some places. Thank you for your continued support and participation in the VFA community as we adapt to our new environment. See below for our most up-to-date policies, effective through June 30, 2021.

Virtual Events

We have now successfully conducted several key programs and events virtually, including 2020 Training Camp, the 2020 Accelerator, 2020 Demo Day, and all 2020 Welcome Programming. National graduation for 2019 Fellows, 2021 Training Camp, Redux and the 2021 Accelerator will all be virtual this year. A decision will be made no later than June 30, 2021, on whether or not VFA will return to in-person programming, take a hybrid approach or remain virtual for the Fall and remainder of the year.

This directly affects:

  • In-city programming

  • RISE events

  • Ideation Sessions

  • Fall Welcome

  • Demo Day

VFA sanctioned activities and meetings with VFA team members will continue to be virtual. In addition, VFA will not reimburse any expenses for in-person activities.

If Fellows decide to attend any in person meetings or gatherings at their own will, we strongly encourage you to be respectful of others by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and following recommendations coming from your city and state officials as well as the CDC.

If you have ideas for how VFA can improve the virtual programming experience, please shoot an email to programs@ventureforamerica.org.

Job Fairs + Match

We are hosting a virtual Company Pitch event on Friday, May 21st. And while company on-sites are not required, should a Fellow decide to travel and visit a company for an on-site interview and a current Fellow or alumni wants to offer up a spare room, it is your choice to make the decision that is in your best interest. Whatever you do decide, we hope if you have roommates, it’s something everyone is comfortable with and it’s important that you know it is a choice you make at your own risk.

Training Camp and Related Activities

2021 Training Camp and Redux will both be held virtually this year.

Remote Work

The VFA Team will continue to work from home until at least June 30, 2021. We are not taking any in-person meetings or participating in any business travel except in emergencies.

If you have any questions or concerns reach out to your Community Director and if you need anything further please contact any other VFA team member you trust. You can find VFA team member contact information here.

COVID-19 Policy Page

Calendar

We will add all official VFA events to the below calendar, but if you have an event you want to share, submit it here!

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