Village Capital Venture Forum in ABQ

Join us as we support Village Capital’s Water Cohort in their final presentation in Albuqueque at their Venture Forum. The Forum is the culminating event of their 4 month accelerator program and will showcase 12 enterprises that are addressing and solving real world water issues.

The evening is much like a pitch night and is an exciting opportunity to meet face-to-face with the next generation of entrepreneurs. The afternoon will feature pitches from the 12 early-stage ventures in the VilCap Water US 2015 program, and will include an audience of investors, mentors, potential customers, and members of the greater startup community.

Venture Forum Program

  • 4:30pm – 4:45pm: Registration & Networking
  • 5:00pm: Introduction from Village Capital & New Belgium Family Foundation
  • 5:20pm: Presentations from the Water US 2015 cohort
  • 6:30pm: Reception with One-On-One “Deep Dive” slots available
  • 8:00pm: Reception & Event Close

The forum will be followed by a by a reception (6:30pm – 8:00pm) that includes appetizers and drinks for all attendees.

Water US 2015 Ventures

About Village Capital
Village Capital finds, trains and funds entrepreneurs solving major global challenges. Village Capital builds communities around entrepreneurs to improve business success, and its peer review model delivers better results for entrepreneurs and investors. Over the past five years, Village Capital has been the most active seed-stage entrepreneur support organization worldwide, supporting 450 entrepreneurs through more than 30 programs. Graduates have created 7,000 jobs and served more than six million customers.
About Our Partners

New Belgium Family Foundation
The New Belgium Family Foundation seeks to honor the regenerative potential of business through meaningful investing, philanthropy and advocacy. Our grantmaking portfolio is complemented by a corpus 100% committed to impact investing, and direct investments into for- and non-profit organizations working in line with our program goals. They focus on renewable energy, sustainable food systems, alternative transportation, and youth engagement in Colorado, the Bay Area, and Washington State.

Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center (SGII Center)
The mission and purposes of the SGII Center are to accelerate and advance the understanding and application of principles of free enterprise to create scalable and sustainable, global societal change. Created through a $13 million gift from James Lee Sorenson, the SGII Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business seeks to provide students with real-world experience and interaction with industry leaders in the impact investing space.

BSP Fund
Invested Development is an impact investment management firm that believes innovative technology can contribute to the reduction of global poverty. Founded in 2009, ID is a leading innovator in early-stage financing for tech startups that are committed to serving the world’s underserved markets. In 2011, ID launched the BSP Fund, a seed-stage equity fund for mobile/ICT, alternative energy, and agricultural technology startups.

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. Focused on education and entrepreneurship, our vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities.

Tecovas Foundation
The Tecovas Foundation has been built upon a clear proposition. People have the capacity to solve their own problems; but they often don’t have access to the tools they need to make the change they seek. We are committed to funding access to solutions. The mission of the Tecovas Foundation is to support systemic social change by ensuring change agents have access to the tools they need to scale, collaborate, and build capacity.

Rocky Mountain Innosphere
Innosphere is a nonprofit 501(c)3 incubator focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building potential high-growth companies in cleantech, software, biosciences and digital health. Innosphere’s incubation program for startups focuses on mentoring, capital, strategy and growth. Headquartered in Fort Collins, CO, Innosphere has multiple locations across the state to better serve entrepreneurs and provide access to office and meeting space, and access to specialized test and demonstration equipment. Other locations include: Colorado State University; Denver at the INDUSTRY Denver building; and in Golden at the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED), co-located with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The City of Albuquerque
Numerous partners within the Albuquerque Community have come together for this program. Those partners include: Including:

  • EpiCenter @ Innovate ABQ
  • Goodman Realty Group
  • Heritage Hotels
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Jewish Community Endowment Foundation
  • New Mexico Gas Company
  • Rodey Law Firm
  • Sutin, Thayer and Browne
  • Watergy Sourcing Group

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