Zicklin Alumni Avi Atkin Awarded the 2016 Venture for America Fellowship
Avi Atkin (’16), an alumni of Baruch College’sZicklin School of Business, was awarded the 2016 Venture for America Fellowship to explore entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Atkin, who received his BBA degree in Computer Information Systems in May 2016, is the second Baruch student to be awarded this prestigious and nationally competitive fellowship. He joins Zicklin School of Business alumna Jolene Gurevich (’14) who was a Venture for America Fellow from 2014 to 2016.
After accepting the fellowship in February, Avi began interviewing with partner companies across the country. In August, he joined Roadtrippers as the Data Lead at its headquarters in Cincinnati. Roadtrippers is a web and mobile travel planning platform that directs travelers to “off the beaten path” locations around the world. It was his passion for travel and experience as a backpacker that drew Atkin to the start-up company. Atkin learned about the fellowship from Ms. Gurevich, Baruch’s previous Venture for America Fellow, and was “inspired to apply after hearing about the tangible communal impact young people were making in smaller cities, bypassing traditional post-college routes in the usual urban hubs.”
“The best part of the program is becoming friends with the other fellows; they are an incredibly fun and supportive crew that’s helped me navigate a new job and new city,” said Atkin. “Venture for America has shown me that my job and my personal mission can align and there is no question that my focus will be on directly improving the lives of everyday people.”
Venture for America Venture for America is a fellowship program for enterprising recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities. After five weeks of training, VFA Fellows spend two years helping to build a startup in a U.S. city with an emerging startup ecosystem where they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business. In addition, VFA provides the mentorship, network, and resources Fellows need to become entrepreneurs. Venture for America's goal is to fuel job growth in cities throughout the U.S. while empowering our best and brightest to create value in their communities. They aim to produce effective and high-character builders who will found and lead quality organizations throughout their careers.
“Baruch’s students are ideally suited to take advantage of, and excel as Venture for America Fellows because they have an exceptional level of dedication, rigor, and thoughtfulness to implementing substantial positive change in the world and encouraging others to do so as well,” said Valeria Hymas, deputy director of national and prestigious fellowships advising. “The fellowship will bolster Avi’s ability to stand out as a leader in whatever entrepreneurial endeavors he envisions.”