Unlocking Pipeline: A Playbook for Entrepreneur Support in Africa
Entrepreneur support has become an industry in Africa. The number of organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs scale has doubled in the past few years. But deal flow remains stubbornly low, especially at the early stage.
This report compiles lessons, case studies and trends gathered from our pioneering VilCap Communities Africa program and interviews with more than 300 stakeholders in our network.READ OUR REPORT
Growing a Sustainable Food System
Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, and by 2050 Earth will have an additional two billion people to feed.
Our new report compiles lessons, case studies and trends from the longest-running agriculture accelerator in the US, to highlight entrepreneurs that are driving sustainable agriculture innovation from farm to table.READ OUR REPORT
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.READ OUR REPORT
Capital Evolving: Alternative Investment to Drive Inclusive Innovation
The way we fund new businesses doesn’t work for most entrepreneurs. In the US, four out of five entrepreneurs never raise formal financing. Most of the people getting funding to build the companies of the future still represent a tiny, and wealthy, portion of the global population.
Over the past year, our team at Village Capital interviewed more than 200 investors, asset managers, foundations, family offices and pension funds – as well as 50 entrepreneurs – to identify and investigate new and transformative approaches for investing in entrepreneurs that can yield more inclusive results.READ OUR REPORT
Rethinking Care In An Aging America
America’s system for senior care is unsustainable.
We’re about to have more senior citizens than at any time in American history, and they’re approaching retirement age in the worst financial shape in decades. One-in-five Americans has no nest egg at all.
With government debate around healthcare progressing at a glacial pace, we’ll need to find other ways to make our system more efficient and prepare for the dramatic change in demographics. Our Health US 2018 program focused on the latest technology and innovation around improving senior careREAD OUR REPORT
Beyond The Friends and Family Round: How To Help Diverse Founders Build Social Capital
It takes roughly $30,000 to start a business. Lots of successful entrepreneurs raise that money from friends and family. But what if the people in your network don’t have that kind of money?
If we’re going to change the ratio of venture investment going to women, African Americans and Latinx founders, then changing the social capital dynamic at the earliest stages is an important place to start.READ OUR REPORT
Talent Playbook: 9 Exercises To Build A Team
We often see early-stage startup CEOs treating talent as an administrative function rather than a strategic one. This can be a critical mistake. Talent is absolutely crucial to early-stage startup success.
This report features nine ideas and exercises from leaders who are committed to improving access to talent for small and growing businesses in emerging markets – a diverse range of organizations from incubators to consulting firms.READ OUR REPORT
Automation For Good: Can Automation and Artificial Intelligence Benefit The Workforce?
Automation and artificial intelligence may create as many jobs as they replace. Is our workforce ready?
In June 2018 Village Capital and Autodesk Foundation brought together startups, investors, business leaders, and academics for a daylong discussion about how startups can harness automation as a positive force for the workers of the future.READ OUR REPORT
Moving Electrons: Rethinking Transportation For A Cleaner World
We’re never going to stop moving: transporting people, food and other goods from place to place. But we can get smarter about it.
In the past century we’ve evolved from steam engines to gas-guzzling carburetors to electric motors, and now we’re putting those electric motors in the sky. We’re re-learning how to recycle things, and finding new ways to conserve energy.READ OUR REPORT
Beyond Payments: The Next Generation Fintech Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa
Fintech in Africa is evolving quickly. Today, there are hundreds of fintech startups across the continent – but how has the sector changed in recent years?
For our latest Fintech Africa program, we selected twelve startups that are building on top of the strong infrastructure of payments technology. We saw entrepreneurs building solutions for a population that is living longer, entering the middle class, and rethinking the way they finance sectors like agriculture and retail.READ OUR REPORT
How Ecosystem Builders Can Best Help Entrepreneurs Succeed
In 2016 we launched VilCap Communities, a 26-city pilot to license our curriculum and investment model to accelerators, incubators and investors around the globe.
This report compiles lessons learned, based on survey data and interviews with >100 ecosystem leaders and entrepreneurs.READ OUR REPORT