For more than a decade, Venly has served as the Mary S. Peake Fellowship Development Team leading the pilot program to support each Fellow and other Community Ecosystem Navigators. As an underlying platform for the Peake Fellowship and other ecosystem leaders, Venly maintains a Member-Oriented Management System that expands the impact of MIT & Harvard’s Open edX platform. The name Venly comes from the Venn diagram at the intersection of community and technology in a user-friendly context.

Community Ecosystems

Venly partners with area-specific business associations, higher ed institutions, and industry ecosystem leads to help local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen each community served. Each community defines its own ecosystem members by:

Industry – Market category-driven value chains such as Food and Agricultural Wholesale Distribution ecosystems and related Standard Occupational Classifications (SOCs) such as Health and Safety Engineers.

Geography – Location connections such as neighborhoods, towns, regions, and countries.

Demographic – Population connections such as Native American-owned Businesses in the Cheyenne River Reservation or Black-owned Businesses in West Virginia.

Topic – Interest groups such as teams working on Type 1 diabetes by region and demographic or more general topics such as health, safety, or cybersecurity.


Local Businesses

Venly connects small & local businesses to the Peake Fellowship ecosystem of local business associations and higher ed centers. Community ecosystem growth depends on efficient, effective, and cybersecure collaborations based on shared objectives. Small & local businesses, in particular, need Networked AI & Big Data-powered capabilities to support this growth. Venly’s systems enable the Peake Fellowship to provide training and support across four tracks:

  1. Social media-based Outreach & Engagement.
  2. Ecommerce.
  3. Cloud-based Operations.
  4. Cybersecurity.

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Peake Fellowship Applicants

Using Venly’s systems, the Peake Fellowship trains and certifies recent college graduates and returning veterans to work with business owners. Learn how to apply for a one-year Peake Fellowship.

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“The Peake Fellowship, its platform, and its Venly development team help our businesses to innovate more effectively for cybersecure growth.”

Jeannie Hebert
Jeannie Hebert

President & CEO
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Learn more about the Blackstone Valley’s progress with the Peake Fellowship here.