VilCap/VentureWell - Louisville Agriculture & Cleantech Accelerator
The 2013 VilCap/VentureWell – Louisville Agriculture and Cleantech Accelerator is a program designed to equip entrepreneurs utilizing technology and innovative solutions to some of the worlds most pressing agriculture, energy and environmental concerns. The accelerator, Village Capital’s 18th program worldwide, is designed to provide opportunity to high-potential startups that deliver more than just an attractive bottom line. The experience, global networks, and capital resources of Village Capital and VentureWell, and other program partners: Blue Sky, Invested Development, Sustainable America, and Radicle Capital, will be utilized to prepare companies for investment and increase investor exposure.
The accelerator will consist of a cohort of 15 for-profit, commercially scalable companies operating in one (or more) of the following 2 verticals:
- Clean technology / energy
The program consists of three skills-based workshops focused on training entrepreneurs to assume an “investor lens”, and culminates with $100,000 pre-committed investment, to be made with a twist: the investment decision is in the hands of the entrepreneurs. The first workshop starts on June 26 and end at the Idea Festival between 24 and 27 September. During this time, the program will provide infrastructure, business and investment related mentoring to the selected cohort of startups.
Throughout the program, participating enterprises engage in a constructive and fully transparent ranking process, designed to provide entrepreneurs with feedback and accountability systems designed to build investment ready businesses. After the final rank, the top two companies receive investment, and YES, the investment decision is solely placed in the hands of the entrepreneurs themselves!