Village Capital

Democratizing Entrepreneurship

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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

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

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