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VilCap Communities Africa

Village Capital and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Impact Programme have launched VilCap Communities Africa, a programme to equip entrepreneur ecosystem leaders across sub-Saharan Africa with the tools, resources and connections they need to catalyze impact investment.

The programme will cover :

  • How to attract funding for your program
  • How to stimulate investment capital in your ecosystem
  • How to recruit and select high potential ventures
  • How to help prepare entrepreneurs to become ready for investment
  • How to improve certain aspects of your ecosystem that need development, such as corporate partnerships, mentor networks, angel networks and access to venture capital.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply, you must be currently or looking to be focused on supporting early-stage impact enterprises addressing countrywide or regional problems, such as financial inclusion, agriculture, healthcare, environmental sustainability and others affecting those in poverty.

You must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Accelerator or incubator of early-stage companies
  • Seed stage or early-stage venture capital firm
  • Association or network of entrepreneurs
  • SME business advisory firm
  • University incubator
  • Think tank

You are welcome to apply jointly with other entrepreneur support organisations from the same country, region, trade zone, common market or with an organisation which shares your social agenda.

THE FORUMS

We’ll host three forums in the most developed Sub-Saharan African ecosystems Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town in order to share learnings and best practices with ecosystem stakeholders.

  • VilCap Communities Africa, Cohort One : 24-28 September 2018
  • VilCap Communities Africa, Cohort Two : 22-26 October 2018
  • VilCap Communities Africa, Forum : 12-14 November 2018

 

COMPANIES

Andela

The Andela Entrepreneurship Center is a new initiative with the immediate aim of equipping Andelans with the required entrepreneurial skills.

Anza

An innovation organisation founded on the belief that entrepreneurs will transform Tanzania.

blueMoon

Launched operations in January 2017 as Ethiopia’s first agribusiness/agri-tech incubator and seed investor.

Energy Generation

An energy and hardware focused organisation aiming to solve African challenges with African-led technology and entrepreneurship innovations.

Entreprenarium

Entreprenarium Foundation helps entrepreneurs create and sustain businesses that will create jobs, income and wealth across Africa.

Etrilabs

Founded in 2009, Educational Technology and Research International Benin(EtriLabs) is the oldest and largest technology hub in Benin.

Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Freetown

The GEN Sierra Leone are building the nascent entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sierra Leone through their combined incubator and accelerator program.

Growth Mosaic

Growth Mosaic is a social-purpose business preparing small and growing businesses to access and manage investment.

Ingenious City- Sycomore Ventures

Sycamore Ventures is a for-profit investment company with two activities: Ingenious City and Sycomore Venture Investments.

Jokkolabs

Jokkolabs is a non profit independent organization that serves as an open innovation ecosystem and a virtual cluster for social change.

Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria

Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace (NHIM) is a convergence platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors all key actors in the healthcare value chain.

Southern Africa Venture Partnership (SAVP)

SAVP is an organisation dedicated to countering the gaps in critical resources needed to nurture high growth potential startup ventures in Southern Africa.

Suguba

It is a regional platform with the vision to develop robust entrepreneurial ecosystems in Francophone West Africa.

The Innovation Village

The Innovation Village is Uganda’s launchpad for leading innovators and entrepreneurs.

Ventures Platform

Ventures Platform is an early stage growth focused fund.

PARTNERS

ADVISORY BOARD

Amrote Abdella Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative
David van Dijk ABAN(Africa Business Angel Network)
Jessica Francisca Colaço Brave Venture Labs
John Kimani Google
Julia Kho Triple Jump/Dutch Good Growth Fund
Teresa Mbagaya Omidyar Network
Tonya Nyakeya IBM Research | Africa
Vuyisa Qabaka Uprise Africa