VJF Jobs Kitchen Academy

The VJF Jobs Kitchen Academy uses a modular toolkit that helps budding entrepreneurs explore their passions through generating, testing, and refining ideas. It’s an ideal vehicle to inspire those with entrepreneurial aspirations with the vision, enthusiasm, and tenacity needed to move from idea to action.  The curriculum is based on modules developed by CO,STARTERS:


IDEATE: Many aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know where to start. The Ideate modules help participants come up with ideas for projects by exploring their passions and identifying problems in the community.


DISCOVER: The Discover modules lead participants in self-discovery, helping them understand

personal strengths, limitations, and the importance of bringing the right people on their teams.


BUILD: Using a version of the “Business Model Canvas” popular in many high-tech business accelerator programs, the Build modules provide an intuitive visual map to help participants understand, organize, and test their ideas. The basic building blocks of any project are covered by these modules.


What Participants Get Out of the Program

Participants in the VJF Jobs Kitchen Academy of CO.STARTERS Generator leave the program with:

• Pride in having done something real and meaningful

• Excitement in exploring their passions

• A sense of ownership of the process

• More confidence & skills

• A deeper understanding of whether an idea is good and how to change it to make it work.

• The ability to articulate how their ideas work

• The next steps needed to move forward

Jobs Kitchen Academy graduates who emerge with interest and passion to launch a business based on an idea developed in the Academy can apply to join a VJF Jobs Kitchen accelerator learning group.  The accelerator will allow them to move forward towards business launch by engaging customers and guest speakers in a nine-week program with the support of a dedicated mentor.  For additional information on the Jobs Kitchen accelerator, click here.

For more information on the VJF Jobs Kitchen Academy, contact us at jka@venturejobs.org.  the Jobs Kitchen academy is in a development stage.  We plan to launch the program later in 2018. 


News & Events

Public Meetings in September

Venture Jobs Foundation will host a series of public meetings during September 2019 to inform people about the opportunities with its Rochester Loan Fund. The dates of the public meetings are: * Monday September 16 Arnett Branch Public Library at 2:00 and 6:00 pm * Thursday September 26 Spot Coffee, East Ave at 6:00 pm * Friday September 27 Spot Coffee, East Ave at 7:30 am Click here for more information about the Rochester Loan Fund

JPMorgan grant to create jobs program

The Venture Jobs Foundation on Thursday announced it has received a $100,000.00 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to establish the VJF Jobs Kitchen program. By: Rochester Business Journal Staff June 2, 2017

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