Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America.

Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. These are the top five cities in America that attract entrepreneurial talent. What would happen if this talent were distributed among cities with like opportunities? What obstacles deter the next generation from embarking on their entrepreneurial journey in these spaces?

An upcoming lecture at Princeton University’s Keller Center will discuss trends of entrepreneurship in the United States. Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America, will speak about the impact such trends have on communities and how the next generation can make a change.

Nelson will speak Wednesday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m. at Princeton University’s Friend Center as part of the Keller Center’s Creative Mind lecture series. To register for the free event, visit

Nelson serves as CEO of Venture For America, an organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity through entrepreneurship. Prior to becoming CEO, Amy served as managing director and vice president of external relations at VFA, where she designed and built the organization’s accelerator program and seed fund to help VFA fellows launch businesses.

Prior to VFA, she held business development positions at B Lab, Relief International, and Cambodian Children’s Fund. She has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations with fundraising and strategy over the years as a consultant and advisor. Currently, she sits on the boards of Venture For America and Safe Haven Medical Outreach in Cambodia and is a member of the NationSwell Council. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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