Village Capital

ADAPT: Social Innovation for a More Resilient Future

Supporting individual and community resilience in the United States

About the program

Lack of access to financial services, healthcare, employment benefits and adequate financial protection has disproportionately impacted historically excluded and underserved communities. The pandemic and the rise of natural disasters due to climate change have elevated these challenges.

ADAPT: Social Innovation for a More Resilient Future in the United States

The new dual-track program, with support from MetLife Foundation, will support 20-24 startups that help communities and individuals adapt to challenges related to climate change, healthcare, wellness, and economic mobility.

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Eligible startups must have:

  • Legal incorporation as a for-profit entity

  • Headquarters or operations in the US

  • Market-based solution that tackles social resilience challenges

  • A minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $1.5M in equity

  • At least one full-time founder based in the US

  • Meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, it can also be successful pilots, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

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Advisory Board

Tahira Dosani
Tahira Dosani
Managing Partner, ResilienceVC
Andy Zetlan
Andy Zetlan
Director, Center of Excellence, Hitachi ABB Power Grids
Dimitry Gershenson
Dimitry Gershenson
Co-Founder, Enduring Planet
Krishna Thacker
Krishna Thacker
AVP & Asia Lead, MetLife Foundation
Venkata Natarajan
Venkata Natarajan
SVP, Chief Information Officer US Businesses & Digital Services, MetLife
Pedja Arandjelovic
Pedja Arandjelovic
Head of New Products and Revenue (Monetization P&L) - FW&E, MetLife
Erin Horne McKinney
Erin Horne McKinney
National Executive Director, The PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship at Howard University
Yuri Kim
Yuri Kim
Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Types of startups we are recruiting:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Insurtech and other solutions that help community leaders build plans to prepare for, respond to and recover from climate-related and other natural disasters.

  • Financial Preparedness: Startups that amplify community-based financial solutions to help communities prepare for macroeconomic shocks and economic uncertainty.

  • Financial Health: Solutions that help individuals and families manage day-to-day financial needs, face unexpected financial challenges, and seize opportunities for improved financial security and economic mobility.

  • Health and Wellness: Startups that improve access to healthcare, fitness and mental health services for low-income individuals that are traditionally priced out, and for individuals who belong to historically underserved groups.

  • Economic Opportunity:  Startups that are creating pathways to local, tech-driven jobs in sectors like green jobs and healthcare.

  • Work and Learning: Solutions that help people find jobs, advance in them, and prepare for the future of their careers, from college graduates to those re-entering the workforce.

Benefits for startups

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Mentorship

Opportunities to network and receive mentorship from investors, strategic partners, founders, and business leaders.

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Connections

Build deep connections with other founders in your track and our larger Village Capital investor and alumni network. Participate in mock board meetings with representatives from relevant institutions, corporates, and investors that can help their organization scale.

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Training

Three interactive workshop weeks tailored to help their company identify early milestones and prepare them for their next round of capital (if relevant).

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Advice

One-on-one coaching with an investment analyst focused on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and on using financial metrics to drive both their business and investor diligence.

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Exposure

Exposure on Village Capital’s program website and other communications collateral.

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Peer Selection

Top two (2) companies from each track will be selected by their peers to receive grant capital of USD $50,000 to further scale their solutions.

Program Timeline

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August 1

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September 6

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October - December

Program Dates

Virtual Workshop 1: October 17-21

Virtual Workshop 2: November 14-18

Virtual Workshop 3: November 28-December 2

In-Person Venture Forum: December 5-7 in NYC

Frequently Asked Questions

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