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Motivation meets training

Dynamic, aspirational young people find their way to the Venture for Canada community. We select the ones with the character traits Canadian startups and SMEs say they need and we train them to stick a landing.

Programs

Do you need an Intern or a Fellow?

Fellowship Program

Hire employees trained for the success-track

Recent Grads

VFC Fellows have the most important quality you won’t find on a resume: character.

Typical employer make-up:

  • 2 - 200 full time staff
  • < 10 years in business
  • Had a physical office in Atlantic Canada, ON or BC pre-Covid-19
“Employees at a startup need the ability to jump in and add value where they can. So someone who has had exposure to VFC training is more valuable than someone that hasn’t.”
Shawn Wilkie
Talkato
CEO

Internship Program

Redefine your idea of an intern

Current Students

Trained Interns are ideal for scaling startups or small businesses that need eager, work-ready help on a short-term project.

Are you a fit?:

  • < 500 employees
  • Any industry, offering an entrepreneurial role
  • Located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI or NL
“VFC makes applying for funding easy. The people are great. The application is straight forward. Barriers of the traditional intern hiring process have been reduced and the training delivers more qualified interns.”
Carolann Harding
SmartIce
CEO
Fellowship
Internship

Fellowship Program

Hire employees trained for the success-track

Recent Grads

VFC Fellows have the most important quality you won’t find on a resume: character.

Typical employer make-up:

  • 2 - 200 full time staff
  • < 10 years in business
  • Had a physical office in Atlantic Canada, ON or BC pre-Covid-19
“Employees at a startup need the ability to jump in and add value where they can. So someone who has had exposure to VFC training is more valuable than someone that hasn’t.”
Shawn Wilkie
Talkato
CEO

What's a Fellow?


Recent grads, prepared to succeed.

Canadian startups and scale-ups access recent post-secondary graduates specifically selected to save you time, money, and hassle on your next entry-level hire in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. Fellowship Members are dynamic, adaptive and chosen for their grit at a time when resilience is just as important as technical abilities.

Heavy-vetting
Avoid the financial, morale and culture costs of churn. We screen for traits other training and skills development programs can’t reach up front.
Right-fit
VFC nurtures the qualities that candidates need to succeed in startup culture: grit, resilience, adaptability, and initiative.
Job-Ready
Fellowship Members get job specific training and skills development from professionals at successful startups.
By The Numbers
10%
applicant acceptance rate
60+
post-secondary institutions our fellows come from
200+
hours of Job Skills Training

How It Works

A collaborative process

You don’t find magic in a resume mill. Hiring a VFC Fellow makes you a part of a dynamic, growing network. Welcome to the family.

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Howdy, partner
Once employer partners complete the eligibility form, we take the time to actually get to know them. The only thing better than a VFC trained Fellow is a Fellow that fits the shape of your needs.
Get access to VFC’s exclusive Job Board
Set up a profile. Post open positions. Put a world of trained talent at your fingertips.
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Connect with Candidates / Promote Yourself
Access our dynamic ‘Connect Events’ (held virtually in 2020) for speed interviewing and to accelerate your hiring process.
Hire
Peak hiring times are June – September, with opportunities to hire year-round.
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5
15 Months of Continued Support
Fellowship Members build a valuable toolkit of entrepreneurial skills through monthly ongoing training, group meetups and informal mentoring from VFC’s perpetually growing alumni network.

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Partners

A collaborative process

VFC Fellows and Interns are currently working with 300+ partner companies like:

Andrew D'Souza
"Clearbanc would not have been able to grow as fast as we have without the contributions of our Venture for Canada members."
Co-Founder & CEO

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