Incubation

We have refined and perfected our incubation model to help take our enterprises to market in the shortest possible time.

The Villgro Way to Incubation

Villgro has incubated over 300 social enterprises over the last 20 years. Through the companies we supported, we have impacted over 20 million lives. Our incubation program has helped social entrepreneurs validate their ideas, gain unique market insights and build sustainable channels to market.

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Selection Criteria

We take our incubation efforts seriously and seek to work with the most impactful and innovative enterprises. Our selection criteria is the intersection of innovation with potential to create large-scale impact, the ability to scale feasibly and achieve financial viability. We look for the following,

01

Potential to create social
impact at scale

Does your solution have a tangible impact on the lives of the underserved? Will you be able to scale your solution to new geographies and markets?

02

An innovative solution

Have you discovered a new and unique solution to address a critical problem?

03

Demonstrated commitment

Are you all in, into the business? Do you have a minimum viable prototype ready?

04

Business feasibility

Have you figured out who your consumer is and the value proposition for them? Do you know how you will price your solution? Has your product been launched in the market?

05

Scalability

Are you aware, where demand for your solution would come from? Can your solution work for other markets, geographies or consumers?

06

Team

Do you have a motivated and passionate team? Does your team have the technical expertise needed? Are you aware of the gaps in skills?

Do you have the answers to these questions?

Selection Process

Preliminary Assessment

  • If your solution answers our program mandates, a portfolio manager will set up a short call to learn more about you as well as help you understand our incubation offering better. They will also quickly research the social impact, market, competition, business feasibility and risks.
  • If the manager is convinced, she will discuss your business idea with the Leadership team during the weekly Internal Committee meeting.

Due Diligence

  • With the Internal Committee’s approval, the portfolio manager and the sector lead will attempt to understand you and your business with greater depth. This will be done using information you provide, through secondary research, by consulting subject experts and also field visits. This helps the team determine your strengths and areas where you will need support.
  • If all goes well, you will present to our Investment Committee, which makes a decision on if we are a good fit for each other.