In the last few months of 2019, our global Village Capital team ran 8 accelerator programs across 5 continents.
How is that possible? We’re still wondering ourselves, but it has to do with the passion of our dream team and the inspiration we get from each cohort and founder we work with across the world. Also, coffee!
We had the chance to support founders from more than 60 startups representing 34 nations, and we got to watch as our cohorts thoughtfully reviewed and selected their peers for investment through our unique peer-review process.
As we’re well underway into 2020 — we’d like to invite all entrepreneurs to join our network, Abaca, to find out about upcoming programs on five continents. But first, here’s a snapshot of a few of our programs and the entrepreneurs we had the pleasure of getting to know and supporting last year.
Moving Finance "Forward"
Last year Village Capital launched Finance Forward, a first-of-its-kind global initiative with MetLife Foundation and PayPal to support entrepreneurs developing financial services that improve financial health of consumers and small businesses. This program is the first of its kind: a truly global fintech accelerator operating localized fintech entrepreneur support programs on 4 continents concurrently.
We ran our first four Finance Forward accelerators in the past few months:
Sustainability and the Future of Work
We’re keeping busy beyond Finance Forward. Our Agriculture Africa program was focused on startups improving outcomes for small farmers and addressing food security. Learn more about the peer-selected startups, Ghana’s Complete Farmer and Nigeria’s ReelFruit, here.
Finally, our Future of Work US program was Village Capital’s fifth US-based program for startups preparing workers for a future that will be defined by automation, robotics, and machine learning Read more about the program here.
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April 18, 2019 (Washington, DC) -- Village Capital and lead partner Autodesk Foundation, in collaboration with Lumina Foundation, are now accepting applications from early stage entrepreneurs building solutions to improve college persistence, job matching, and career growth opportunities through upskilling and reskilling. Applications can be found here and will be accepted through the end of May.Read more
The Village Capital Africa team just just wrapped up our seventh investment-readiness program for early stage ventures in sub-Saharan Africa: FinTech Africa 2017, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation and the DOEN Foundation.Read more
Last week, my colleagues Heather and Deepak attended the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) MENA Regional Summit in Dubai, where they took part in the unveiling of important new research from IFC, conducted in partnership with our team at Village Capital.