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TEAM

Passion for the current market, the skills to grow it

Felicia Deering

Felicia Deering

Executive Assistant

Joh Farmer

Joh Farmer

Software Engineer

Marta Grudzien

Marta Grudzien

Software Engineer

NoahPlewa

Noah Plewa

CEO, Co - Founder

Tristan Leigh

Tristan Leigh

CTO, Co - Founder

Trish Cummins

Trish Cummins

Director of Partnerships

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson

Director of Product

Looking to join a mission driven company and earn a competitive salary? Check out our open positions!

 

BOARD & ADVISORS

Cross-sector experience

Allen Bromberger

Allen Bromberger

Advisor

Amanda Slavin

Amanda Slavin

Director

Alex Haar

Alex Haar

Director

Carol Barnett

Carol Barnett

Director

Cynthia Plouché

Cynthia Plouché

Board Chair

Jim McCorkell

Jim McCorkell

Advisor

Laurie Klinkhammer

Laurie Klinkhammer

Director

Richelle Martin

Richelle Martin

Director

Salina Brown

Salina Brown

Advisor

Carlye Rooney

Carlye Rooney

Advisor

 

STRUCTURE

A new type of hybrid

As we studied previous attempts to connect out-of-school education, we saw that strictly for-profit or non-profit organizations failed to capture the synergies between the social and financial aspects of this market opportunity: Non-profits couldn’t raise the vast amounts of funding needed to build the technology, and for-profits couldn’t solicit donations to mitigate the financials barrier preventing over 40% of families from participating.

An innovation in it’s own right, VILLAGE is a Hybrid Social Venture, comprised of a for-profit and a non-profit working in partnership. The technology-building arm of VILLAGE, our for-profit is proudly financed by a majority of women and POC investors, beginning with a $65,000 Angel round from two Black Women investors in Spring of 2021. Since then, its capitalization has continued to be primarily Women-led (most recently raising a $475,000 Pre-seed Round led by a female Venture Capitalist). Serving as the forward-facing, marketing arm of VILLAGE, our 501(c)(3) non-profit is funded at the local level by our customer communities, beginning with a $25,000 grant from Mayo Clinic Health System in Spring of 2021. Because of our hybrid structure, VILLAGE can keep every philanthropic dollar received in the community it was given (vs. funding technology that scales nationally).

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Latest blog posts

November 15, 2021

Press release: Winnow Fund Invests in Village

Fund’s third investment supports a unique three-sided marketplace platform for out-of-school education EAU CLAIRE, WI...
November 12, 2021

In the news: A Conversation with Noah Plewa and Trish Cummins

National education thought leader, Education Reimagined published the following interview with Noah and Trish Cummins...
October 8, 2021

Finding Inspiration at Twin Cities Startup Week

One of the challenges of being in startup mode at Village for the past year has been the often insular nature of the...