Village Capital Launches Call for Applications to the 2023 IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator

Village Capital and IBM call on entrepreneurs to apply for investment readiness training, technical support, and mentorship
London (May 23, 2023) – Today, Village Capital is calling on entrepreneurs in Europe and across the globe to join the 2023 IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator (HPA). Now in its fifth year –the IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator has already supported close to 150 startups working on impactful datatech products. Startups will benefit from one year of technical mentorship from IBM, investment readiness training from Village Capital with bespoke mentor and investor matching, as well as access to both IBM’s and Village Capital’s broader networks.

This virtual accelerator will take place between September and December 2023, and provide continued support into 2024. Applications close on June 30th 2023. Full details and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Datatech continues to grow rapidly as it harnesses data analytics, AI, machine learning, and cloud computing to provide innovative solutions to improve access to services such as Healthcare, Digital Assets and Financial Services. However, datatech startups face significant challenges in their efforts to keep our data protected. The consequences for not properly securing this information can be enormous - as we’ve seen in a slew of recent examples that span from election misinformation, AI profiling and the hijacking of critical digital infrastructure, consumer data breaches, and the use or misuse of data has global consequences. Many datatech startups lack the resources and expertise to implement robust data security measures, and comply with complex data privacy regulations, making programs such as the IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator essential in developing compliant and sustainable solutions.

By connecting startups to IBM’s market-leading security services and know-how, and to a rapidly-developing network of peers and funders, Village Capital provides its wealth of experience in taking companies to a level where their plans for innovative solutions are realized.

Click here to learn more about the program and to apply.

For media enquiries contact Eva Waweru at Village Capital ( and Lucia Prinz ( for more information about the program.

About Village Capital 

Village Capital is reinventing the system to back the entrepreneurs of the future. Known for its groundbreaking approaches to supporting founders who are building solutions to emergent social, economic, and environmental challenges, VilCap unlocks critical social and financial capital for early-stage companies to maximize business and impact growth.

Since 2009, Village Capital has supported over 1,400 startups that have raised over $5 billion in investment capital. It has made more than 150 investments through its various affiliated funds, including Vilcap Investments, which has invested in 110 peer-selected companies. Over 20,000 entrepreneurs have improved their investment readiness through its network of entrepreneur support organizations and its platform, Abaca. Learn more at and follow @villagecapital.