A $225,000, three-year grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is bringing a national Venture for America program to the Kansas City area, starting in the summer of 2017.
Venture for America works in 17 cities to place young people in companies where they can develop entrepreneurship skills. The program’s goal is for fellowship graduates to become entrepreneurs.
Nathan Kurtz, a senior program officer at the Kauffman Foundation, said about a dozen Kansas City area startups or growing companies already have expressed interest in having Venture for America fellows. He hopes that at least seven to 10 area companies will get matched with interested students after a vetting process.
The Kauffman grant covers about half of the program’s expense for its inaugural year in Kansas City. The foundation is working with Venture for America to find more program sponsors locally.
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