Village Capital workshop

January 2019

Flipping The Power Dynamics: Can Entrepreneurs Make Successful Investment Decisions?

Nearly a decade ago, Village Capital was launched as a radical idea: what if we flipped the power dynamics of venture investing?

Peer-Selected Investment is a collaborative due-diligence model that takes a bottom-up approach to investing in early-stage startups.  In the past decade, this process has led to a high-performing portfolio that is more broadly inclusive of entrepreneurial talent than average: 44% of our ventures are founded or cofounded by women and 26% have Black or Latinx founders.

Now we’re excited to share this rigorous assessment to see if this new way of selecting ideas actually works. Does it lead to better outcomes for investors? For entrepreneurs? For society?