Village Capital

Greentech Europe 2023

An accelerator program supporting women-led greentech innovation in Europe

About the Program

Greentech Europe 2023 is an accelerator for women-led startups in Europe working on sustainability products. The program will provide the selected startups with timely training, expert advice, network support, and potential funding to allow them to thrive – and in turn help close the gender financing and resource gap in the region.

Program structure

  • 2 cohorts of 15 startups selected to receive in-depth support via Village Capital’s award-winning training curriculum, including the opportunity to get grant funding through  peer-selection - a unique process that has been proven to result in investment decisions that lead to a more diverse portfolio (as highlighted in our report, Flipping the Power Dynamics)

  • 2 further cohorts of 15 startups selected to participate in light-touch investment-readiness training through our online, self-paced business development curriculum.

Timeline

Greentech Europe 2023 will run throughout the year. There will be two accelerator cohorts, during this period: A spring 2023 cohort, and an autumn 2023 cohort.

February - April 2023

Spring Cohort Selection

May - June 2023

Spring Cohort Accelerator Program

July 17, 2023

Autumn Cohort Applications Open

September 11, 2023

Autumn Cohort Applications Close

September 28, 2023

Autumn Cohort Announced

October - December 2023

Autumn Cohort Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs that graduate from our accelerators

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Raise over 3x more capital

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Earn over 2.7x more revenue

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Create over 40% more jobs

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Eligibility

We’re looking for (for-profit) startups that are building market-based solutions that tackle a sustainability challenge in Europe. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Location: Must have operations in (or the ability to expand business to) the European market

  • Stage: Must have a minimum viable product and meaningful customer validation, and less than $3M in equity raised

  • Team: Must have at least one full-time founder based in Europe, and co-founders to have 50%+ women representation or more than 25% of senior leadership team to be women

  • Impact: Must be developing a product which contributes towards 1 or more of the UN’s 17 SDGs

Benefits

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Training

Our curriculum is tailored to help your company identify early milestones and prepare for your next round of capital

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Mentorship

Build 1:1 connections with investors, strategic partners and potential customers

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Financial Analysis

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

Best in class

Media Exposure

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

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Scale your business faster by identifying the right capital for you and planning your next milestones for growth

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Discounts

Program participants will be offered in-kind support from our benefits partners, including web hosting credits, pro-bono legal support, and more.

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Alumni Testimonial

“I’m so grateful to be part of these emerging Greentech leaders that are building a more sustainable future. The program has taught me to look at my business and other businesses with the lens of an investor and realize why certain metrics are important and identify milestones.

Even though we’re an early-stage startup, we know what steps we need to take to validate our business and raise our next pre-seed round.” 

Valentina Klaas, COO, Surova, Greentech Europe 2022

Women in Greentech

Funding into women-led climate ventures is still shockingly low — in line with global averages at around 2% of all capital allocated.

We need this to change. Not only are women working in the climate tech world tenacious — they’ve already battled their way through male-dominated education systems, but recent research shows that women-led ventures deliver higher revenue and ultimately make better investments for financial backers.

And Europe very much needs the innovative products that women founders are developing. Temperatures over Europe have seen the highest rise of any continent in the world, at more than twice the global average.

The International Energy Agency estimate that by mid-century almost half of required emissions reductions will call for technologies that are not yet on the market shows us that time is of the essence to build the support and investment communities that women greentech changemakers need to develop and scale their products, fast.

Meet the Spring 2023 Cohort

Meet the Autumn 2023 Cohort

Advisory Board

Adriane Thrash
Adriane Thrash
Managing Partner, Anthology Ventures
Agata Leliwa Nowicka
Agata Leliwa Nowicka
Founder and Investor, Female Foundry
Alexandra Nizlader
Alexandra Nizlader
Regional Manager, Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE)
Anieke Lamers
Anieke Lamers
Founder and CEO, Peekabond
Aurore Falque-Pierrotin
Aurore Falque-Pierrotin
Partner, Samaipata
Caitlin Wale
Caitlin Wale
Principal, Counteract
Cecile Sevrain
Cecile Sevrain
Co-Founder, Tiime
Chenelle Ansah
Chenelle Ansah
Partner, Cornerstone Partners

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