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Greentech Europe 2024

An accelerator program supporting women-led greentech innovation in Europe

  1. ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  2. ELIGIBILITY
  3. BENEFITS
  4. TIMELINE

About the Program

Greentech Europe 2024 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.

Women in Greentech

Investment into climate tech ventures is set to dominate the European VC landscape for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately however, 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.

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Eligibility

Eligible startups must have:

  • For-profit market-based solution that tackles a sustainability challenge in Europe, especially Southern Europe

  • Operations in or have the ability to expand business to the EMEAA or European market

  • Have a minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $1M in equity

  • 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

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

  • Categories for eligible startups:

    • Climate Mitigation: Innovations within climate mitigation focus on addressing the surplus of greenhouse gasses.

    • Biodiversity Protection: Technologies within Biodiversity Protection work to counteract the challenge of biodiversity loss.

    • Resource Savings: Technology for resource savings aims to decrease reliance on non-renewable resources.

    • Waste Reduction: Initiatives in waste reduction contribute to fostering a circular economy.

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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Access to Abaca

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.

Greentech Alumni Kelly Agreed Earth

Alumni Testimonial

"The topics you cover are really useful, the peer feedback is very helpful, making us 'think like an investor' when viewing each other is useful for our development. I've loved the new friendships I've made through the process and meeting the VilCap team, too, all of whom I look forward to staying in touch with! Honestly, the best program I've been on!" 

Kelly Price, Co-founder of Agreed Earth

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

Advisory Board

Adriane Thrash
Adriane Thrash
Managing Partner, Anthology Ventures
Agata Leliwa Nowicka
Agata Leliwa Nowicka
Founder and Investor, Female Foundry
Anieke Lamers
Anieke Lamers
Founder and CEO, Peekabond
Aurore Falque-Pierrotin
Aurore Falque-Pierrotin
Partner, Samaipata
Cecile Sevrain
Cecile Sevrain
Co-Founder, Tiime
Chenelle Ansah
Chenelle Ansah
Partner, Cornerstone Partners
Gabriella Bossman Helland
Gabriella Bossman Helland
Co-Founder and CEO, Sustie
Jessica Burley
Jessica Burley
Investor, Planet-A Ventures

Timeline

Applications Open

February 1st

Applications Close

March 18

Cohort Selection

April 16

Virtual Workshops

May and June 2024

Applications for our Autumn cohort will open in mid July, with programming taking place in October and November 2024

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