August 7, 2018
Stony Creek Colors Featured in Patagonia Video on Sustainable Clothing
(Washington, DC) - VilCap Investments portfolio company Stony Creek Colors was featured in a video by outdoor clothing designer Patagonia, as a supplier that provides sustainable and natural indigo as an alternative to synthetic dyes for jeans.
June 20, 2018
VilCap Investments closes investment in sustainable transportation company, GoKid
SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- VilCap Investments, a venture capital fund affiliated with Village Capital, announced an investment as part of a $1.5M round in GoKid, a mobility solution for schools, teams and families to more efficiently coordinate kids transportation.
May 9, 2018
Beyond the Cleantech Bubble: Our Energy US 2018 Program
In 2006, former Vice President Al Gore came out of obscurity to share a message: the world is heating up. “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award and made climate change a household term.
But what happened next may have done more harm than good for the clean energy startup space.
In the months after the movie came out, a wave of concerned millionaires and billionaires responded to Vice President Gore’s challenge by pouring venture capital into clean energy startups. Their goal was to save the world—fast. But many of them were new to investing, and not familiar with or ready for the long, patient process of developing a clean energy company.
The cleantech fad turned into a bubble, and the bubble popped. The once-hot sector turned into a graveyard. From 2011 to 2016, US venture capital investment in cleantech declined from 650 deals a year to 450 deals a year and from 17% of total venture capital dollars to 7%.
Our Energy US 2018 Program
A decade later, our team at Village Capital is convinced that clean energy is back. We're seeing investors like Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Generate Capital that are ready to devote the time and commitment that clean energy companies deserve, and we're excited about advances in battery technology and data analytics that are making possible things that were previously in the realm of science fiction.
In April we ran the final workshop for our latest energy program, Village Capital Energy US 2018, in collaboration with Autodesk Foundation, BNY Mellon and UBS. This year's program was focused on the transportation-energy nexus—startups making it easier to move people and things.
We brought together eight early-stage transportation startups and connected them with investors and mentors for more than 30 hours of face-to-face meetings. At the end of the program, our affiliated fund VilCap Investments offered $75,000 to the two startups ranked "most ready for investment" by their peers: Colorado-based Vartega, a chemistry-based recycling process that recycles carbon fiber for use in lightweight airplane and automobile parts; and New York-based Go Kid, a ride-sharing service for schools, sports leagues and families.
To learn more about the program and see the full list of startups, download our free 25-page report—Moving Electrons: Rethinking Transportation for a Cleaner World
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April 16, 2018
Press Release: Twelve Early-Stage Food & Ag Startups Selected for Village Capital Investment-Readiness Program
Washington, DC - April 16, 2018 - Village Capital today announced the twelve early-stage food and agriculture startups that were selected to take part in Food and Agriculture: US 2018, an investment-readiness program run in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, QBE and UBS.
March 8, 2018
Press release: Village Capital and Kaiser Permanente Announce the Health: US 2018 Cohort
Washington, D.C. – March 8, 2018 – Village Capital, the leader in creating an inclusive and sustainable world through entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems, today announced the selection of the Health: US 2018 cohort. The venture development program will provide support to 10 early-stage startups presenting disruptive innovations that create an accessible, affordable and improved aging and/or caregiving experience for all. At the end of the program, Village Capital’s affiliated venture fund, VilCap Investments, will offer funding to each of the top two ventures, selected by their peers.
March 5, 2018
Announcing the startups in our Energy: US 2018 program
We expend a lot of energy getting around. Transportation accounts for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the US and enormous amounts of air pollution. Transportation is also the largest single cost for households that earn $50,000 or less, including in ways that we don’t always think about. Transportation costs are embedded in the cost of food, water, and other goods. Even as we move toward electric vehicles and improved fuel efficiency, there are still major questions around adopting these new technologies and dealing with issues like the high carbon footprint of air travel and the declining use of public transit.