Together with Stichting Doen and HUB Amsterdam, Outside Inc. has democratized entrepreneurship by bringing the accelerator program Village Capital to The Netherlands.
As a social entrepreneur you have a great, world changing business concept, but there are always fields of specific knowledge or skills you might lack to make your business concept even stronger. Also, one of the bigger obstacles you’re facing to scale is a lack of effective funding models.
There where quite a few accelerator programs in The Netherlands that can help you build your business concept and defy the challenges you’re facing, but there where only a few programs focusing on social entrepreneurship.
We brought a new type of accelerator program to The Netherlands: Village Capital. Village Capital allows founders of for-profit enterprises to learn, grow, thrive and scale. In a 12-week program 15 entrepreneurs participate in structured training programs, connect to expert entrepreneurs and investors and communicate weekly with their peer entrepreneurs. At the end of the program, two peer selected, mission-driven businesses will each acquire the pre-committed funds of € 50,000.
In 4 years Village Capital established 18 entrepreneur programs in six countries, vetted 5,000 entrepreneurs, supported over 300 mission driven Enterprises and created 5,000 jobs, serving 4 million customers worldwide.
On January 4, 2013 the twelve participants in the Village Capital program have chosen the winners, of the Dutch Village capital program, that go home with € 50,000.00 each. Studio JUX and Rural Spark both received the 50.000 euro investment.
For more information about the program, participants and partners see: http://www.villagecapital.nl/