Allie Burns is CEO of Village Capital. Founded in 2009, the venture capital firm seeks to fight imbalances in funding startups. It supports entrepreneurs cutting through markets such as healthcare, education, and climate change, and has worked directly with more than 1,100 entrepreneurs in 28 countries. In this in-depth conversation, Allie shares her storied journey to becoming the company’s CEO, which started not in business but in journalism, when she was striving for a career as a sports reporter; discusses how the firm’s affiliated fund, VilCap Investments, has invested in 110 startups that have gone on to raise more than $4 billion in follow-on capital; and delves into the firm’s so-called “2030 goals”, which include the ambitious target of “activating and influencing” $50 billion of capital while “supporting 50,000 entrepreneurs who are building solutions in line with sustainable development”.
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