A springboard for your entrepreneurial career.

Fellowship

You’ll get the opportunity to dip your toes into entrepreneurship. You’ll develop and dive deep into entrepreneurial skills and learn what it takes to thrive at a startup, the innovation ecosystem, or even build a business in the long term.

Your intro to the startup world.

You'll get connected to small, high-growth startups from across Canada and hired into your first new-grad gig. Gain access to VFC’s exclusive job board, 1:1 job hunt coaching, speaker sessions, training webinars, and community building.

The training you never knew you needed.

We know what startups want in their employees, and our network of entrepreneurs have taught us a thing or two about the skills you need to be an entrepreneur, innovator or hustler. Our entrepreneurial skill-building training is designed so you have what it takes to thrive.

Friends, future business partners, community, oh my!

Imagine a community of young, entrepreneurial people across Canada that are there to support you, share experiences and lay the foundation of your professional network. This is the picture of our VFC community; home to hundreds of diverse, curious, and innovative folks just like you.

How it works

1

Submit your Application.

Fill out our super quick two-step application form. There is no fee to apply.

We have two applications windows: 

  • Fall Acceptance, apply by October 29 at 12AM your time.
  • Spring Acceptance, apply by February 28th at 12AM your time.
2

Record your Video Interview.

We're excited to meet you! If you make it through Step 1, you'll pre-record and submit a short video based on questions we’ll send you.
We want to get to know you beyond what's on paper, and see why you are a great fit for VFC’s Fellowship. Industry leaders, VFC Alumni, and our network will have their eyes on these!
3

Go to a Virtual Selection Event.

You’ll get a taste of our virtual training so you can see what we're all about; you'll get your time to shine through a series of group challenges and introduce yourself to a network of like-minded peers.
2021 Cohort Selection Events Schedule
  • Fall Acceptance: November 2020
  • Spring Acceptance: March 2021
Once you're selected, we’ll send your official offer to the program.
4

Selected Applicants Are In!

Once you accept, you pay a $1,000 Fellowship Fee in two installments.
ENTRANCE: $500
  • Fall Acceptance: paid by Dec 18. 2020
  • Spring Acceptance: by April. 2, 2021
PARTICIPATION: $500
  • Regardless of Fall or Spring Acceptance: June 15th, 2021
We offer financial-aid bursaries of up to $2000 on a needs basis. Please click our FAQ for more information on our bursaries.
5

Build towards that #DreamJob.

We’ll connect your with partner startups through our community-only virtual networking events and our exclusive startup job board, all while getting one-on-one support from our partnerships team.
You'll start job seeking right away:
  • Fall Acceptance: Job seeking starts in January 2020.
  • Spring Acceptance: Job seeking starts in April 2021.
You’ll begin to ‘unlock’ monthly training opportunities, VFC's renowned Virtual Training Camp, and exclusive access to our growing VFC Community.
6

Level Up.

Summer Camp meets Startup Bootcamp
  • Meet your cohort in a 3-week, 5 days/week Virtual Training Camp
  • Designed to solidify entrepreneurial skills, develop your VFC Community, network with entrepreneurial leaders, and jump into the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • 2021 Virtual Training camp will take place in August 2021.
Monthly Training & Networking
  • Designed in collaboration with your cohort to make sure you have the skills, resources, and networks you need to excel in the first year of your new job.
7

Graduation.

You’ve done it! We’ll celebrate all that you and your peers have accomplished over the past 15 months and gain the life-long benefits of the Alumni network. Join the Alumni Council, share your learnings with future Fellows, continue your entrepreneurial career development. The possibilities are endless.
2021 Cohort Fellows graduate around August 1, 2022.

Admissions

Fellowships applications for the 2021 Cohort open on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. We review applications on an ongoing basis for the 2021 Cohort until late February 2021.

If you want to be considered for a Fall acceptance, please apply by October 29 at midnight your time.

If you're interested in a Spring acceptance, please apply by February 28th at midnight your time.

What’s the gist?

Fall acceptance will start job seeking & job support training late December 2020. Spring acceptance will start job seeking in April 2021. All 2021 Fellows attend Training Camp in the summer.

Are you eligible? You are if you can checkmark the whole list below.

  • Graduate(d) between Fall 2018 and Spring 2021.
  • ***Hold a post-secondary degree or diploma from a Canadian post-secondary
  • Legally eligible to work in Canada.
  • Be available to begin to start searching for work as soon as you're accepted.
  • Life-long learner, eager and committed to complete our year-long training program.
  • Adaptable, self-efficacious, driven, and willing to learn to deal with ambiguity!

 

***OR be a Canadian who has studied abroad.

Launch your Application

Got Questions?

We thought you might. Check out our FAQ guide. We'll add more questions as we go, so keep checking back!
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