How Village Capital Companies Are Building Healthy Communities
From connected health to hydropower plants, our entrepreneurs are building a more inclusive and sustainable future
We recently shared that Village Capital has made 100 investments. Take a look at how some of our first 100+ investments are helping to build the healthy, connected communities of tomorrow.
How We Eat
Local fruits and vegetables are still harder to find than factory-farmed produce. iUNU has a vision for efficient indoor farming that can help growers provide local food in the middle of a city or the middle of the winter.
Discover more about how they harness the power of computer vision and artificial intelligence to alert growers to problems and reduce food waste by up to 40%.
How We Learn
One of the biggest factors leading to low student engagement and the leaky STEM pipeline is that students don’t see the connection between what they learn in school and the real world. Nepris has brought 22,000 industry professionals into classrooms through video chat.
Discover more about their vision to bring real-world relevance and exposure to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
How We Care For Our Health
The healthcare disparity in rural America is growing: more than 70 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. Rimidi’s patient platform, Diabetes+Me, helps diabetes patients track how well they’re sticking to their treatment plan, and receive instant advice or adjustments from doctors miles away.
Discover more about how they’re building on early success by expanding beyond diabetes to other chronic conditions like heart disease.
How We Power Our Lives
Hydropower technology goes back to the time of the ancient Greeks, but it hasn’t caught up with other sources of renewable energy like solar and wind. Emrgy has invented a smaller, modular hydropower plant that draws energy from any slow or shallow-moving waterway — even a canal in someone’s backyard.
Discover more about how their SUV-sized unit is capable of generating enough electricity to power seven homes by harnessing power that — unlike solar or wind — is available 24 hours a day.
How We Invest in Our Future
Cash advance companies — also known as payday lenders — charge predatory interest rates that can trap their customers in even deeper debt. Fig Loans partners with local nonprofits to meet customer demand for immediate cash, but at a fair rate that helps build credit and transition customers to mainstream financial products.
Discover more about how they’re helping the 40% of Americans who can’t meet a $400 emergency expense withstand financial shocks with more resilience.
Victoria Fram is Managing Director of VilCap Investments, LLC, and co-founder of Village Capital. Explore VilCap Investments’ portfolio here.