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BUSINESS PRODUCTS & SERVICES | Consulting & Outsourcing / Management & Strategy Consulting
vilcap.com

Investments

230

Portfolio Exits

10

Funds

2

Partners & Customers

10

About Village Capital

Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems. Village Capital builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Washington, DC.

Headquarters Location

419 7th St NW Suite 300

Washington, DC, 20004,

United States

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From media to program management: How Brenda Wangari is making a name for herself in Africa’s tech ecosystem

Feb 1, 2023

Subscribe if you think work shouldn't suck. From tips on how to build your talent and skills, to the latest in labour trends and news, we've got everything you need to thrive in the modern workplace. Stay informed and motivated with our bi-weekly updates. Full Name Give it a try, you can unsubscribe anytime. Privacy Policy. In 2015, Adewale Yusuf founded Techpoint Africa with a vision to push the narrative of innovation and innovators from Africa to the world. Later in the year, he leveraged his relationship with Kenyan tech talent, Brenda Wangari, who had established connections with the Nigerian and Kenyan tech ecosystems at the time. Impressed by the vision, Brenda joined the team as the East African Correspondent, a position she held for a year and six months. This episode of Expert and African highlights Brenda's journey from media to leading business operations. She has now spent nearly five years in program management at Village Capital, an early-stage start-up VC firm, where she serves as the Senior Program Manager. With her background in communication and strong leadership and management skills, Brenda shares how she uses her skills to manage people across different cultures. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Watch the full video. https://youtu.be/OFozKCrSWP8 Advertisement Brenda Wangari: Being a program manager is very challenging. I primarily manage support programs for entrepreneurs. Running a program involves managing a project from start to finish, with many things in between. The first program I worked on at Village Capital was training in Lagos, Nairobi, and Cape Town. Lagos was easy because I've lived here before and know many people. Nairobi was also relatively easy, but that was not the case with Cape Town because I'd never been there before. I had to do a lot of research to ensure everything was in place. It also involves budget management when the project is with an organisation with different currencies. Brenda Wangari. Senior Program Manager, Village Capital K.O: What's the hardest part of being a program manager? BW: One of the challenges is juggling different tasks simultaneously. It requires being able to manage various tasks at the same time. I look at it like there are things that could be happening live and things that'll be happening in the background; that's the way I view multitasking when it comes to program management. It's not just about multitasking but about how you build your tasks into each other. K.O: What others skills have you developed to help in your job? BW: Strategic thinking is a big one, which is working with an end goal in mind. There are also people management. That's one of the biggest things because program management involves working with many people. it could be people that report to you, people that are on the same level as you and those above you. You have to be very good at managing your team and managing up. There's a level of detail you'll give your senior management that you don't give your junior management and vice versa. In conversation with Brenda Wangari. Senior Program Manager, Village Capital K.O: Did human management come naturally to you? BW: I won't say it comes naturally. There's an aspect that is natural because not all things can be learned. 2021 was when I decided to upskill myself when it comes to people management. I've also done a course at the THINK School of Creative Leadership, and this was very instrumental for me because I work with people from diverse cultures. During my first time working in Nigeria, I worked with AIESEC, and I've had many opportunities with AIESEC. Also, I have been blessed with amazing bosses who were very nurturing in their leadership styles. Also, I have a coach, we meet at least once every month, and she has a curriculum she follows to help upskill. Advertisement K.O: What other skills did you have to learn? BW:  I've had a steep learning curve in my career. I've learned to upgrade my budget evaluation skills. Another recent interest is going into active investing, which involves looking at budgets and financial statements. B.W: Adewale is my friend; he is a visionary. I remember when Techpoint Africa launched, it was quite big in the ecosystem. Adewale told me '"We'll like to get a couple of East African stories," and I said, "why not?". And based on what I was doing then, I met many people from the ecosystem, so it was easy for me. Fun fact: I studied Communication at University. At the university, a couple of friends and I started a magazine. We only had money to print once, then someone threatened to sue us because the name is another company's name. We committed all the class entrepreneurial mistakes. We published the second edition in another, and we stopped. I see most of what I did as storytelling, and it's just getting people to know about people's experiences and document them. Brenda Wangari. Senior Program Manager, Village Capital K.O: Did you have a plan in mind when you started your career? BW: I don't think I had a career path. I just wanted to be in roles where I could leverage what I'm really good at. That's how I found myself in project management. Also, working with AIESEC exposed me to working and meeting great bosses. I didn't really have a plan then, but I have one now. K.O: What sets you apart? BW: I'll say fixating on little details, it's very necessary for project management. Another important thing is not just to do something but also to do it well; that's the way I approach all the work that I do. K.O: What do you do that makes you productive? B.W: I like to meditate. I picked that up last year. It helps to calm my mind, especially since I have to obsess over many things in program management. I also picked up Yoga about four or five years ago. I like to chase the sunset, so I moved to where I can see it straight out of my house. I read and listen to music. I also love art and photography. K.O: How do you balance work and all these interests? BW: I tend to disconnect and take breaks. I work in a great office and with a good team, so 'leave' means 'leave.' I also stay in touch with nature. And that has always worked.

Village Capital Investments

230 Investments

Village Capital has made 230 investments. Their latest investment was in Ainwater as part of their Incubator/Accelerator on October 10, 2022.

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Village Capital Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/25/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

Ainwater

Yes

1

10/25/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

Aquaservex

Yes

1

10/25/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

Citrus

Yes

1

10/25/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

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10

10/25/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

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10

Date

10/25/2022

10/25/2022

10/25/2022

10/25/2022

10/25/2022

Round

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator

Company

Ainwater

Aquaservex

Citrus

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New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Village Capital Portfolio Exits

10 Portfolio Exits

Village Capital has 10 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was FundExpert on September 09, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

9/9/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

2/21/2022

Acq - Fin

$99M

1

6/17/2021

Acquired

$99M

3

4/21/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

11/19/2020

Merger

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$99M

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10

Date

9/9/2022

2/21/2022

6/17/2021

4/21/2021

11/19/2020

Exit

Acquired

Acq - Fin

Acquired

Acquired

Merger

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

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3

10

10

Village Capital Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Village Capital has 2 funds, including VilCap Investments II.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

5/6/2016

VilCap Investments II

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$17.7M

1

7/25/2015

VilCap Investments

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$99M

10

Closing Date

5/6/2016

7/25/2015

Fund

VilCap Investments II

VilCap Investments

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$17.7M

$99M

Sources

1

10

Village Capital Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

Village Capital has 10 strategic partners and customers. Village Capital recently partnered with Sorius on October 10, 2022.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

10/1/2022

Partner

France

5/13/2022

Partner

United States

Village Capital and Moody’s launch accelerator program for startups that are backing Latin America’s middle class

Village Capital and Moody have partnered to create a new accelerator program in Latin America .

1

1/13/2022

Partner

United States

Written by Village Capital | Jan 13, 2022 6:23:26 PM. Ten Startups Selected for IREX and Village Capital’s YLAI Americas Accelerator.

Through funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in partnership with Village Capital , these innovative entrepreneurs will receive targeted support and mentorship to strengthen their businesses and deepen impact in their communities .

1

8/14/2019

Partner

United States, and

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10

9/6/2018

Vendor

United States

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10

Date

10/1/2022

5/13/2022

1/13/2022

8/14/2019

9/6/2018

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Vendor

Business Partner

Country

France

United States

United States

United States, and

United States

News Snippet

Village Capital and Moody’s launch accelerator program for startups that are backing Latin America’s middle class

Village Capital and Moody have partnered to create a new accelerator program in Latin America .

Written by Village Capital | Jan 13, 2022 6:23:26 PM. Ten Startups Selected for IREX and Village Capital’s YLAI Americas Accelerator.

Through funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in partnership with Village Capital , these innovative entrepreneurs will receive targeted support and mentorship to strengthen their businesses and deepen impact in their communities .

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Village Capital Team

7 Team Members

Village Capital has 7 team members, including , .

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Ross Baird

Founder

Current

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Ross Baird

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