iSelect is pleased to welcome David Yocom, a 2017 Venture For America Fellow, to its Ventures team, where he will be focused on investment due diligence and portfolio maintenance. As a Venture Analyst, he will also be helping to build out iSelect’s Market Networks program and assisting in other outreach efforts.
A 2016 graduate of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., David holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and has worked on research projects dedicated to improving environmental sustainability in agriculture.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have David joining our team,” said Craig Herron, iSelect’s Vice President of Ventures. “The Venture for America Fellows program aligns perfectly with the work we’re doing at iSelect, supporting innovators in industries and regions that are often overlooked by the Silicon Valley and New York venture funds. We, like Venture for America, are dedicated to bringing the power of entrepreneurship to cities and towns across the country, and David’s work with our Ventures team will help accelerate our impact in this critical, growing sector.”
The aim of the Venture for America Fellows program is to attract smart, high-potential recent graduates to careers in entrepreneurship and innovation. The program considers thousands of candidates each year, accepting only a small fraction of them, and places Fellows with startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, such as St. Louis. The goal is to create a community of entrepreneurs in places outside of the Bay Area and other established ecosystems who are experienced, empowered and committed to building companies that matter.
“I have always been interested in entrepreneurship, and the training I’ve received as part of the Venture for America Fellows program has been invaluable in preparing me for this opportunity,” Yocom said. “Given my background in environmental studies and iSelect’s involvement in the agriculture technology market, I feel like I have a lot to offer here and I can’t wait to dive in and get started.”