March 20, 2020
Best Practices on Building Your Financial Model (and Common Mistakes to Avoid!)
Are you an early-stage entrepreneur looking to raise capital, but need help building your financial model?
Our team at Village Capital has trained more than 1,000 early-stage startups over the past decade, with a curriculum that is focused on how to get your startup “investment-ready”. One of the main questions we hear from founders is: how do I build a financial model?
March 20, 2020
Village Capital Programs: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Village Capital’s track record with companies?
Over the past 10 years, Village Capital has directly worked with more than 1,100 founders in 28 countries and has led more than 100 programs. Through the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, an independent and external ongoing study of program success, we are able to confidently pull data about our program’s success.
March 18, 2020
Moving Finance Forward in 2020
We’ve seen real advancement in financial inclusion in the past few years, ushered in by mobile phones, an evolving regulatory environment, and a new generation of innovative fintech startups.
But the coronavirus pandemic has exposed cracks in our society that have left many people and businesses vulnerable and reeling from financial strain. Most traditional financial products that would act as a safety net in turbulent times, from credit lines to saving accounts, are focused on the needs of high-income people and large corporations.
We have a number of applications open for accelerators focused on financial health startups, as part of Finance Forward, our global coalition with MetLife Foundation and PayPal:
March 9, 2020
COVID-19 will require long-term and short-term solutions
A pandemic, by its nature, demands immediate reactions. The exponential growth of a fatal disease like coronavirus means that individual people, households, businesses, and governments all need to move quickly to restrict transmission while also preparing for the longer-term impacts we will experience, and thinking about how we increase our preparedness to better handle these events in the future.
February 6, 2020
Finance Forward South Asia 2019 - A Recap
South Asia has seen impressive strides on financial health in the past five years. Mobile money and government programs have helped millions of people open bank accounts, find capital to open a business, or build savings for the future. Still, there’s a long way to go: one recent estimate found that more than a billion people in Asia have no access to formal financial services.
Our latest accelerator, Finance Forward: South Asia 2019, featured 12 startups that are improving financial health for people and small business owners in South Asia. The accelerator was part of Finance Forward, a global coalition created with MetLife Foundation, PayPal, and local partners to support more than 100 early-stage entrepreneurs building tech-enabled solutions around financial health in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and India.
January 29, 2020
Announcing a new Family of Funds strategy at Village Capital
2020! The opening of a new decade coincides with the beginning of a new decade in the Village Capital story.
Last year our fund, VilCap Investments, made its 110th and final initial seed investment, and shifted its focus to supporting our existing portfolio, doubling down on the most promising companies addressing financial health, affordable healthcare, innovations in the future of work, sustainable food and agriculture systems, and clean energy solutions for a changing climate.
So we asked ourselves: what comes next?
January 8, 2020
Announcing The Winners: Finance Forward MENA 2019
We’re excited to announce the winners of Finance Forward: Middle East and North Africa 2019, a Village Capital investment-readiness program held in Amman, Jordan in November in partnership with MetLife Foundation, an advisory board of MENA-based investors and experts, and local partners including Beyond Capital and Endeavor Jordan.