November 19, 2020
Building Back Better: Three Ways A Biden Administration Can Reinvigorate The Economy By Supporting Entrepreneurs
Congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on the outcome of the recent election. The historic turnout was validation that democracy works best when everyone participates – and I’m personally so delighted and inspired by the election of the first woman, Black woman and person of South Asian heritage as the Vice President of the United States.
October 18, 2018
Village Capital Hosts "A Right to Compete: Are Monopolies Crushing Entrepreneurship?"
(WASHINGTON, DC) - On October 11, Village Capital and Open Markets Institute hosted “A Right to Compete: Are Monopolies Crushing Entrepreneurship?” a conference on competition policy and the declining right to compete for entrepreneurs in America.
August 31, 2018
Village Capital Selects 12 Startups At Intersection of Finance and Data
We’re excited to announce the twelve startups participating in our upcoming venture development program, Fintech US 2018. Each one of these startups is harnessing financial data to make financial services more accessible, affordable, and transparent.
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.
July 11, 2018
How to Support Diverse Founders in Your City: Focus on Social Capital as Well as Financial Capital
This week, hundreds of local leaders supporting entrepreneurship will come together in Kansas City to talk about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and how it can be used to address critical community challenges.
July 6, 2018
Press Release: Jobs Report Shows Wide US Skills Gap; Entrepreneurs will Need to Lead
(Washington, DC) - July 6, 2018 - Allie Burns, Managing Director of global venture capital firm Village Capital, responded to this morning’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed the unemployment rate rising to 4% while wage growth slowed. A separate report on Thursday from ADP showed that American business' "number one problem is finding qualified workers."
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.
June 11, 2018
How this startup’s partnerships with nonprofits sets them apart in the crowded field of consumer credit
There’s an ever-present risk that’s familiar for anyone who invests in startups solving complicated problems in low-income communities: it’s possible for a business to become part of the problem, rather than solving it.
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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