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Village Capital Invests in 10 Women-Led Startups as Part of The Greentech Europe 2022 Program, with Support from Visa Foundation

10 companies peer-selected to receive $150,000 in grant funding

Washington, DC (July 6, 2022) — Village Capital today announced the close of its first-ever cohort of all women-led ventures. These 10 startups creating sustainable economic, environmental, and social solutions across Europe have been peer-selected to collectively receive an investment of $150,000 as a part of the Greentech Europe 2022 program.

Delivered with support from Visa Foundation, the program was a first of its kind for the organization as it supported an all-female founders cohort who benefited from a wide range of services including training, networking opportunities, and access to industry experts, mentors, and investors to scale their impact.

“A growing body of work reveals that women are disproportionately affected by climate and environmental issues, and as such, they play a key role in responding to them. This program is a testament to our commitment to rethinking how we approach the challenges of creating a more sustainable and inclusive system, in which ideas and models for our sustainable futures are developed and supported more effectively through improved gender equality. We’re proud to have supported a stellar first cohort of the Greentech Europe 2022 program, which features women-led ventures that are already responding to these challenges and hope to see more investment in this sector,” shared Ben Younkman, Village Capital’s Regional Director for Europe.

“Visa Foundation is working to develop sustainable solutions for women entrepreneurs to build their enterprises and establish financial safety nets while also advancing leadership skills and financial capabilities. We are thrilled to have supported the Greentech Europe 2022 program, providing a cohort of women entrepreneurs with a wide-range of resources to enable their business to thrive and prosper,” shared Graham Macmillan, Visa Foundation’s President.

The 10 companies are focused on the following:

  • CIRCOULEUR: Recycling and selling paints that are better for society, health and the planet
  • Era Zero Waste: Zero waste grocery box delivered to the customer’s door
  • HelioRec: HelioRec is creating simply powerful floating solar technology for near shore locations
  • LAM’ON: LAM’ON develops and produces biodegradable laminating films and clear packaging foils in industry-standard thickness and roll sizes at an affordable price
  • R-Create: R-CREATE is the first B2B digital platform offering packaging-as-a-service for online stores
  • Repair Rebels: Repair Rebels is an online platform for shoe and textile repairs and alterations
  • SilviBio: SilviBio provides innovative seed technologies to protect plants from environmental stress and enable higher yields
  • Spedal: Spedal is the same day, zero-emission courier service that makes it easier for businesses to send parcels across the city by bike
  • Superkons: Superkons provide dilutable super concentrates for everyday products to eliminate single-use plastic
  • TechniFris: TechniFris provides a sustainable solution to food loss in the supply chain which is 100% safe for both humans and the environment

For more information, reach out to Eva Waweru at Village Capital (


About Village Capital

Village Capital helps entrepreneurs bring big ideas from vision to scale. Our mission is to reinvent the system to back the entrepreneurs of the future. Our vision is a future where business creates equity and long-term prosperity. Since 2009, we have supported more than 1,000 early-stage entrepreneurs through our investment readiness programs. Our affiliated fund, VilCap Investments, has invested in more than 110 program graduates.

About Visa Foundation

Visa Foundation seeks to support inclusive economies where individuals, businesses, and communities can thrive. Through grant making and investing, Visa Foundation prioritizes the growth of gender diverse and inclusive small and micro businesses. The Foundation also supports broader community needs and disaster response in times of crisis. Visa Foundation is registered in the U.S. as a 501(c)3 entity.