Village Capital/UK DFID VilCap Communities Africa Program 2018

Village Capital/UK DFID VilCap Communities Africa Program 2018

Deadline: July 6, 2018

Village Capital and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Impact Programme have opened applications for VilCap Communities Africa, a program to equip entrepreneur ecosystem leaders across sub-Saharan Africa with the tools, resources and connections they need to catalyse impact investment. They will be recruiting two cohorts for this program, a maximum of 8 ESO’s per cohort.

The program will cover:

  • How to attract funding for your program
  • How to stimulate investment capital in your ecosystem
  • How to help prepare entrepreneurs to become ready for investment
  • How to improve certain aspects of your ecosystem that need development, such as corporate partnerships, mentor networks, angel networks and access to venture capital.

The Forums

They will host three forums in the most developed Sub-Saharan African ecosystems Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town in order to share learnings and best practices with ecosystem stakeholders.

  • Vilcap Communities Africa, Cohort 1: September 24-28, 2018
  • Vilcap Communities Africa, Cohort 2: October 22-26, 2018
  • Vilcap Communities Africa, Cohort 1 & 2 Forum: November 12-14, 2018


  • Applicants must be focused on supporting early-stage impact enterprises addressing countrywide or regional problems, such as financial inclusion, agriculture, healthcare, environmental sustainability and others affecting those in poverty;
  • You must fall into one of the following categories:
    • Accelerator or incubator of early-stage companies
    • Seed stage or early-stage venture capital firm
    • Association or network of entrepreneurs
    • SME business advisory firm
    • University incubator
    • Think tank
    • Foundation or family office
  • You are welcome to apply jointly with other entrepreneur support organisations from the same country, region, trade zone, common market or with an organisation which shares your social agenda.

Eligible Countries

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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For more information, visit Village Capital/UK DFID VilCap Communities Africa Program.