Village Capital

Capacity builderIncubator

User Profile

Village Capital sources, trains, and invests in seed-stage social entrepreneurs around the world. Village Capital develops entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health, and then puts the power of investment in the hands of those entrepreneurs, who award investment capital to the two ventures ranked highest by their peers at the end of every program. The organization's unique peer-selection model and curriculum received the prestigious McKinsey/Harvard Business Review M-Prize for innovation in 2013. Village Capital has supported 500 entrepreneurs across 39 accelerator programs in 9 countries in the last 5 years, creating 8,500 jobs and raising more than $118 million in follow-on capital.

IRIS Use

Village Capital trains entrepreneurs in identifying and measuring their impact. One of the tools we refer them to is the IRIS set of metrics, as a pool they can choose from. Each company that Village Capital partners with requires its own set of tailored metrics.

Other Impact Measurement Tools

All of our entrepreneurs complete the B Lab Quick Impact Assessment (QIA) as part of the curriculum, and all peer-selected teams must complete the full B Lab assessment to receive funding. The B Lab team hosts a webinar to help ventures understand and best use the tool. VilCap also teams with Emory University for the GALI initiative, in which we collect and analyze longitudinal data to understand the program’s effectiveness and long term effects on ventures.