Join us in Louisville for an Event with America’s Most Promising Agriculture Entrepreneurs!
Village Capital invites you to a special event for the Louisville community and 12 innovative entrepreneurs solving global challenges in agriculture. This event is open to the greater Louisville community and will be held at 6 pm ET on Thursday, October 16th, at ReSurfaced, 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville. Visit this link to learn more.
10/8/14 (Louisville, Kentucky)—Village Capital, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference in Louisville, invites you to a happy hour to meet a group of America’s most promising agriculture entrepreneurs. The happy hour will also commemorate the kickoff of Kiva Zip—an effort to catalyze “small loans doing good things” for the local Louisville community.
Village Capital: Agriculture 2014 is the nation’s top accelerator program for promising agriculture technologies and has recruited top agriculture entrepreneurs from across the country. The program is a partnership with VentureWell, one of the country’s leading organizations for supporting innovators, as well as local Louisville leaders Blue Sky Network, Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation, and Radicle Capital.
These entrepreneurs will work with experts and mentors, top local entrepreneurs, leading investors, and potential customers during three intensive workshops in October, November, and January. At the end of the program, the two startups ranked highest by their peers will receive $50,000 in funding. This effort places the City of Louisville at the forefront of finding business solutions to major challenges facing low-wealth Americans.
Village Capital-Agriculture 2014 is part of SOURCE, a nationwide partnership between Village Capital, The Hitachi Foundation, and Investors’ Circle that connects entrepreneurs with the investment capital, mentoring, and support needed to grow their businesses.
The Kauffman Foundation’s annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship is co-hosted this year with Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville. The conference convenes a select group of mayors and experts from across the country to learn how entrepreneurship can transform cities. This happy hour event will conclude the two-day conference.
The startups participating in the program are:
Agralogics: Provides a context-enriched collaboration platform, which enables anyone consuming food data to easily access and share information
Agribotix: Makes actionable intelligence for agriculture using drones
Apitronics: Empowers growers to gather real-time in-the-field data through innovative software/hardware platform, and makes this data accessible anywhere
Automate Hydroponics: Designs personal hydroponic gardening systems for home gardeners
E-Mow LLC: Creates pelletized agricultural products directly from standing crops with no fossil fuel
FIN GOURMET: Makes healthy, ready-to-eat foods using Kentucky wild-caught Asian Carp as well as locally-sourced fresh ingredients
IUNU: Designs energy efficient plasma lights and management solutions to make indoor farming profitable and environment friendly
reNature Inc.: Processes food waste into fertilizer using a unique bioreactor technology
TekWear: Creates apps and software for wearable devices used in agriculture processes
TerraViva: Developing microbial biostimulants that enhance plant growth in the face of increasing abiotic stress
Wildsense, LLC: Provides product for wireless underground soil moisture sensors, and soil moisture information for irrigation management
About Village Capital
Village Capital supports early-stage entrepreneurs working to solve the world’s biggest problems. Its unique peer-selected model creates cohorts of high-potential entrepreneurs, who adopt a “problem-based approach” within one of five sectors: financial inclusion, health, education, energy, or agriculture. In developing the potential of the most talented entrepreneurs in each sector, Village Capital uses the power of its networks to multiply its impact to do good, as seen in how its flagship program currently supports over 400 ventures in 30 programs across 7 countries. Ultimately, Village Capital aims to change the world for the better by democratizing entrepreneurship, empowering entrepreneurs to find profitable solutions sustainably addressing big problems.
About the Kauffman Foundation
Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The Kauffman Foundation focuses on education and entrepreneurship, and their vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities. In service of this vision, they direct their grant making and operations towards two areas — education and entrepreneurship — which their founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum.
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network believes it can create opportunities for people to realize their own potential and improve the quality of their own lives. When people take the initiative to make life better for themselves, they can share the benefits with their families, become more active in their communities, and be a more positive force in society.
As a venture philanthropy organization, we support market-based approaches with the potential for large-scale, catalytic impact. Regardless of the sector, we invest in organizations that have the potential to embody innovation, scale, and sustainability or help bring them about within their industry. Our mission is to encourage individuals and communities to imagine and work toward a world with a higher quality of life, education, and economic and technological development. We focus our efforts where we have direct experience and can have the greatest impact–in emerging markets and our local community.
We believe productivity requires dependability, and ultimately, connectivity. The ultimate outcome we strive for is individual participation that can catalyze economic and social advancement on a global scale and leads to greater connectivity within our communities. We execute on our mission by partnering with organizations that have similar vision and the ability to have an exponential impact.
About Radicle Capital
Radicle Capital can be found at the very intersection of business expertise and social responsibility. The firm was established with the purpose of helping companies, organizations, and funds that foster the ideals of generating a social and environmental impact. These young, emerging ventures may range from farm-to-table food producers, to eco-friendly product suppliers, to any number of environmentally friendly and socially responsible entrepreneurial startups. Prospects can be rooted local to Radicle Capital in Louisville, Kentucky, or in states across the nation, and even globally. It is the idea of Radicle Capital that prospects be primed to grow even larger by way of their owners’ dedication to doing well by doing good. By making responsible investment decisions, funding the brilliance of its own local community, and reaching across borders around the globe, Radicle Capital hopes to develop a greater, more global community and appreciation of resources by germinating the world’s seedlings in business.
About Venture Well
VentureWell was founded in 1995 as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and rebranded in 2014 to underscore its impact as an education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions. A not-for-profit organization reaching more than 200 universities, VentureWell is the leader in funding, training, coaching and early investment that brings student innovations to market. Inventions created by VentureWell grantees are reaching millions of people in more than 50 countries and helping to solve some of our greatest 21st century challenges. Visit www.venturewell.org to learn how we inspire students, faculty and investors to transform game-changing ideas into solutions for people and the planet.
About the SOURCE Initiative
Solutions from Our Country’s Entrepreneurs (SOURCE) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Hitachi Foundation, Investors’ Circle, and Village Capital, with additional support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center. SOURCE discovers entrepreneurs creating business solutions to social issues affecting low-wealth Americans and links them with the investment capital and mentoring needed to grow their businesses. All of the entrepreneurs in the cohort are also eligible to receive investment through the Investors’ Circle network.
Kate Yoo McCrery, Global Communications Manager at Village Capital firstname.lastname@example.org