Village Capital

Greentech Europe 2022

Supporting gender-diverse greentech innovation in Europe

  1. About The Program
  2. Highlights

About the program

Women's participation in technology development is starting to rise. But their participation in green technology still lags in comparison to their male counterparts. How can we solve the world's biggest problems if we are excluding nearly half of the population from the conversation? VISA Foundation and Village Capital are excited to announce the Greentech Europe 2022 initiative - a new project dedicated to supporting gender diverse ventures creating sustainable economic, environmental, and social solutions across Europe.

New! Greentech Europe Cohort 2

With Cohort 1 completed and Emerging Futures currently underway, we are delighted to launch applications for our final cohort of the year. We will accept 15 additional gender-diverse startups to participate in our investment-readiness program, which has $150,000 of grant money. The program will launch in late October 2022 and run until early December.

Entrepreneurs that graduate from our accelerators


Raise over 3x more capital


Earn over 2.7x more revenue


Create over 40% more jobs

Cohort 1

Emerging Futures Cohort

Cohort 2

Advisory Board Members

Kimberley Abbott

Kimberley Abbott

Founder & CEO, Vested

Amina Ahmad

Amina Ahmad

Greentech Europe Advisory Board Co-Chair, European Programs, Village Capital

Lisa Ashford

Lisa Ashford

CEO, Ethex

Nicola Breyer

Nicola Breyer

Chief Commercial Officer, OptioPay

Vicki Benjamin

Vicki Benjamin

Partner, Karner Blue Capital

Anisah Osman Britton

Anisah Osman Britton

Director of Storytelling, Calm Company Fund

Tehmina Chaudhry

Tehmina Chaudhry

Founder & CEO, INSTA Foods

Wendeline van der Feltz

Wendeline van der Feltz

Netherlands Red Cross Princess Margriet Fund

Program highlights

  • 2 cohorts where 30 startups will be selected to receive in-depth support via Village Capital’s award-winning training curriculum.

  • 50 startups selected to participate in a guided investment-readiness training through our online, self-paced business development curriculum, which will be delivered simultaneously with the accelerator programs outlined above.

  • $300,000 in grant funding for a subset of cohort companies in the accelerator programs will be eligible to receive grant funding of up to $75,000. This funding will be directed through peer-selection - a unique process has been proven to result in investment decisions that lead to a more diverse portfolio (as highlighted in our report, Flipping the Power Dynamics).

Eligible startups must have:

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Profit market-based solution

Must be a for-profit market-based solution that tackles a sustainability challenge in Europe, especially Southern Europe

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Ability to expand business

Must have operations in (or have the ability to expand business to) the EMEAA or European market

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Minimum viable product

Must have a minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $3M in equity

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Full-time founder based in EMEAA or Europe

Must have at least one full-time founder based in EMEAA or Europe, and Co-Founders to have 50%+ female representation or more than 25% of senior leadership team to be female

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Meaningful customer or business validation

Must have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

Benefits startups will receive:


Build deep connections with other founders in your cohort and our larger Village Capital investor and alumni network.


Network with mentors ranging from investors to potential strategic partners and customers.


Join interactive sessions tailored to help your company identify early milestones and prepare for your next round of capital.


Work with an investment analyst who will coach you 1:1 on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and using financial metrics.


Get featured on Village Capital’s program website and other collateral.

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