Venture for America Fellowship Program from Villanova Graduate Richard Oneslager

Richard Oneslager, Class of 2016, has joined the Venture for America program. This is a nonprofit fellowship program that empowers college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and contribute to the revitalization of American cities. Once they are trained, VFA Fellows spend two years working for a startup in a U.S. city with an emerging startup ecosystem. This fellowship allows recent graduates to learn how to contribute to a high-growth business and gain access to mentorship, ongoing training, and the nationwide VFA community. VFA then helps these fellows to have access to the resources they need to build entrepreneurial companies. This program aims to contribute to job growth in major cities in the U.S. while empowering people to take action on their creative ideas.

Richard is currently working for a tech startup in Pittsburgh called Forever Inc., which is the world’s premier and only permanent cloud storage for photos and videos. Forever is built on permanence and privacy and they offer their customers personal, private, and lifetime storage that they maintain through the Forever Guarantee Fund. This fund is a trust that customers pay into through a one-time purchase of storage so that their memories last a lifetime. He works on the strategy and operations team, as well as on overall product and business development.

He is in the process of finishing an acquisition, expanding and launching the market on a global level. After graduating Villanova, he feels that he is now tasked with unlimited roles and responsibilities that are creating a great base for any project that is to come.

As for advice, Richard advises you all to “take risks and do what you like. I have never been one for the traditional path, and I have had 10 different roles over the years. I worked as a preschool teacher, marketing intern, and even tried to get a mushroom company started while I was on exchange in Australia. That’s what attracted me to VFA and entrepreneurship, it was the opportunity to have an impact, do work that matters and is exciting, and do something that interested me. We are all young and other than maybe some student loan debt which can be burdensome, we really don’t have many other obligations. So take a risk and try something you like.”

If you think that you are interested in a career path that is not-so traditional and cultivates your entrepreneurial mind, please reach out to Richard at roneslag@villanova.edu. Deadlines for applications are 11/28 and 02/06. Look for more information here: http://ventureforamerica.org