Recent data indicates that by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the US will require at least an Associate’s degree or some amount of post-secondary school training or certification. However, only 1 in 4 students are academically prepared for college when they graduate from high school, and less than half of recent graduates are workforce ready. Many students lack the skills and training necessary for securing jobs in careers with progressively higher wages and incomes.
To address these challenges, Village Capital has selected a small group of elite ventures offering technology-driven solutions designed to improve student academic performance and position them for success as they enter the workforce to participate in the Village Capital Education: US 2016 venture development program. This program held in collaboration with AT&T Aspire, together with supporting partner W.K. Kellogg Foundation, with special thanks to Doug & Audrey Miller. This three-month program will support entrepreneurs with an award-winning program curriculum, 1:1 mentorship from sector leaders, and tailored engagements with potential strategic partners and investors. At the end of the program, the top two peer selected companies will receive $75,000 in precommitted investment each.
We are especially interested in ventures focused on delivering solutions in the areas of academic skills development, higher education success, and career-readiness.