Village Capital

Democratizing Entrepreneurship

Overview

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829 7th St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Agribusiness, Computer software, Education, Fintech, Healthcare, ICT, Mobile, Water, sanitation and hygiene

 

“If not now, when? If not me, who?”

No business founder or leader ever has all the answers. But together, a group of entrepreneurs probably has among them the right perspective and experience to support peers as they work to scale their ventures and their impact.

At Village Capital, we create the space for entrepreneurs to work together across the boundaries of their organizations, to help lift one another’s performance. By bringing entrepreneurs from similar communities together — whether the same city, or the same sector — we establish cohorts with shared experience and peer-driven mentorship. We then give authority over capital investments to entrepreneurs themselves, empowering them to make sound decisions about which among them is most likely to succeed.

VilCap, Inc., our 501c3 non-profit, operates business development programs for early-stage entrepreneurs in agriculture, education, energy, financial inclusion, and health. VilCap Investments, our affiliated, for-profit investment fund, invests in the two top-ranked graduates from each program.

Our unique model won McKinsey/Harvard Business Review’s prestigious M-Prize for innovation in 2013. Over the past 5 years, program graduates have reached 6 million customers, created over 7,000 jobs, and raised more than $110 million in follow-on capital. To date, 96% of its alumni would recommend Village Capital’s programs to other entrepreneurs, and 93% of its portfolio companies are still in business. 

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2016

Portfolio

Name Country Sector(s)
Ared
Communication and connectivity solution of the future
Rwanda Clean technology, Computer software, Internet
Social Lender
Microcredit based on social reputation
Nigeria Financial services
Numida Technologies Inc.
We grow African small businesses with fair & convenient digital financial services
Uganda Financial services, Mobile
Ensibuuko
Equalizing access to financial services
Uganda Banking, Financial services
Mazima Retirement Plan
Children shouldn't be your retirement plan
Uganda Financial services
Youverify
Empowering Africans with their Identity
Nigeria Computer software, Financial services
Patasente Inc
A neobank for SMEs, traders and freelancers.
Uganda Financial services
Riby Finance
We automate cooperatives, their business and financial activities.
Nigeria Computer software, Financial services, Internet
PayGo Energy
Modern energy for all
Kenya Clean technology, Financial services, Mobile
Annona
Trusted trading from seed to stall
Kenya Agribusiness, Computer software, Financial service…
Ojay Greene
Improving livelihoods
Kenya Agribusiness
Tulaa
Connecting you to the last mile
Kenya Agribusiness, Financial services, Mobile

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    Antoine NIRAGIRA posted an update on the Accelerator page Village Capital.

    welcom,excellent mission for africa startups at early stage

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