Post-secondary grads, prepared to succeed

Meet graduates selected to save you time, money, and hassle on your next entry-level hire. VFC Fellows are dynamic, adaptive, and selected into our Fellowship for their grit at a time when resilience is as important as technical skills.

We screen our Fellows for entrepreneurial competencies like commitment to learning and growth mindsets. Your team reaps the benefits and avoids the financial, morale, and cultural costs of churn.
VFC Fellows are startup candidates exposed to the challenges faced by new ventures. The valuable experience and role-specific training make them comfortable with independent problem-solving sooner.
Fellows participate in soft skills and job-readiness training from educators and ecosystem leaders at successful startups. Plus they’re prepped with role-specific knowledge to ease the onboarding process for you.

A collaborative process

Hiring a VFC Fellow links you to a dynamic, growing network.

Tell us About Yourself & Book a Call
Complete the form below to see if you qualify; our team will ensure you meet the criteria and reach out to you personally to book a call. We connect with Founders, people-operations, human resources and management teams.
Let’s Partner
After we take the time to get to know your startups and hiring needs, we establish a formal partnership.
Access Talent through VFC’s exclusive Job Board
Set up a profile. Post open positions. Put a world of trained talent at your fingertips.
Connect with Candidates Virtually
Access our dynamic ‘Connect Events’ (held virtually in 2021) for speed interviewing and to accelerate your hiring process.
Peak hiring times are April – September, with opportunities to hire year-round. Once you find your fit, go ahead and hire.
15 Months of Continued Support
Fellows build a valuable toolkit of entrepreneurial skills through monthly ongoing training, group meetups and informal mentoring from VFC’s perpetually growing alumni network.
“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
“Working with us”

Want a recent grad trained to bridge the entrepreneurship gap?

Your startup must meet the following criteria to qualify:

Operates in any Canadian Province

Less than 10 years in business

Less than 250 staff

No fee to partner, network and meet our talent

Small fee upon hiring to support participant’s 15 months of professional development

Professional Development Support Fee
The Fellowship Program is 100% privately funded. Partner startups and participants pay small fees to support the program. The program receives funds from private donors and corporate funders to support scholarships and other operational costs. See here for more details on our supporters.
    The fee for Partner Employers specifically helps to cover the costs of: 
      • Finding and selecting Fellows, 
      • Facilitating the job readiness training of Fellows before and during Virtual Training Camp and
      • Providing ongoing entrepreneurial and leadership skills training to Fellows over the 15-month Fellowship.
The fee you pay is dependent on a few factors:
    Startup Size
                    • 5-10 staff | $750
                    • 11-25 staff | $1500
                    • 26-50 staff | $2500
                    • 51-100 staff | $3500
                    • 100+ staff | $4000
                    • Non-profit | $1000
      Hiring Multiple Fellows
            • 2nd Fellow: 15% discount on relevant fee
            • 3rd Fellow: 20% discount on relevant fee
  • 50% Business Degrees
  • 30% Arts & Humanities Degrees
  • 20% STEM Degrees
Sales, Operations, Customer Success, Marketing, and other roles.
Fellows receive entrepreneurial skills training in three phases:
  • PHASE 1 | Job seeking training, coaching & support beginning as soon as Fellows are accepted 
  • PHASE 2 | Entrepreneurial soft skill development via mandatory three-week Fellowship Training Camp, virtually in July 2021. 
  • PHASE 3 | “In-time” training post-Training Camp, with monthly live sessions with industry experts and entrepreneurs, and an online Entrepreneur’s Library of courses, templates, resources, and more.