“Let’s find a common language between entrepreneurs and investors”

Ross Baird, Founder, Village Capital

About Abaca

Abaca is a product of Village Capital, the world’s largest organization supporting impact-driven, seed-stage startups. 

We launched Abaca in 2019 as a way to help more impact-driven founders connect with investors and other supporters who can help them scale. Join the more than 6,000 entrepreneurs and 1,000 investors who have built profiles on Abaca.

About Us

Meet the people who make Abaca a reality.

Abaca is a project of Village Capital built and designed in partnership with Pixelmatters.

Andrew Hobbs

Director, Abaca

Andrew Hobbs
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/hobbsandrew/

Andrew Hobbs

Andrew is the Director of Abaca and a co-creator of Village Capital’s VIRAL™ investment readiness framework. Andrew has worked with Village Capital for six years during which time he also recruited and trained entrepreneurs in investment readiness and financial modeling in Mexico, India, and the United States, led the firm’s Investment Analyst team globally, and built out Village Capital's communications infrastructure.

Prior to Village Capital, Andrew worked at the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India to build their first credit-scoring algorithm and portfolio delinquency monitoring tools.

Andrew holds a Master of Management Studies from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College.

Director, Abaca

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Andrew Hobbs

Director, Abaca

Andrew is the Director of Abaca and a co-creator of Village Capital’s VIRAL™ investment readiness framework. Andrew has worked with Village Capital for six years during which time he also recruited and trained entrepreneurs in investment readiness and financial modeling in Mexico, India, and the United States, led the firm’s Investment Analyst team globally, and built out Village Capital's communications infrastructure.

Prior to Village Capital, Andrew worked at the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India to build their first credit-scoring algorithm and portfolio delinquency monitoring tools.

Andrew holds a Master of Management Studies from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College.

Peter Lundquist

COO, Village Capital

Peter Lundquist
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/peterlundquist/

Peter Lundquist

As Chief Operating Officer, Peter focuses on Village Capital’s people, finances and technology to help achieve our mission, and also heads up product strategy to build new ways of solving problems for impact-driven entrepreneurs and investors.

Before joining Village Capital, Peter led digital media businesses as VP/GM, including Military Times and USA TODAY High School Sports. Before that, Peter was Vice President of Product Development and Deployment at Gannett Digital with responsibility for building, rolling out and marketing new digital products. Peter led the deployment of digital initiatives across 100+ local media properties, including design standards, content management, email marketing and web analytics platforms, and local-market integrations for CareerBuilder and Cars.com.

Before joining Gannett, he launched one of the first local news websites for The Lawrence Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan., also home to the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communications.

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Peter Lundquist

COO, Village Capital

As Chief Operating Officer, Peter focuses on Village Capital’s people, finances and technology to help achieve our mission, and also heads up product strategy to build new ways of solving problems for impact-driven entrepreneurs and investors.

Before joining Village Capital, Peter led digital media businesses as VP/GM, including Military Times and USA TODAY High School Sports. Before that, Peter was Vice President of Product Development and Deployment at Gannett Digital with responsibility for building, rolling out and marketing new digital products. Peter led the deployment of digital initiatives across 100+ local media properties, including design standards, content management, email marketing and web analytics platforms, and local-market integrations for CareerBuilder and Cars.com.

Before joining Gannett, he launched one of the first local news websites for The Lawrence Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan., also home to the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communications.

Bruno Teixeira

Project Manager

Bruno Teixeira
is an employee of
Pixelmatters
Pixelmattershttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bmfteixeira/

Bruno Teixeira

Project Manager

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Bruno Teixeira

Project Manager

Eunice Costa

Product Designer

Eunice Costa
is an employee of
Pixelmatters
Pixelmattershttps://www.linkedin.com/in/eunice-costa/

Eunice Costa

Product Designer

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Eunice Costa

Product Designer

Miguel Teixeira

Full-Stack Developer

Miguel Teixeira
is an employee of
Pixelmatters
Pixelmatters

Miguel Teixeira

Full-Stack Developer

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Miguel Teixeira

Full-Stack Developer

Tiago Queirós

Front-End Developer

Tiago Queirós
is an employee of
Pixelmatters
Pixelmattershttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tiagofaqueiros/

Tiago Queirós

Front-End Developer

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Tiago Queirós

Front-End Developer

Claire Manwaring

UX Researcher

Claire Manwaring
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-manwaring/

Claire Manwaring

UX Researcher

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Claire Manwaring

UX Researcher

Kelly Bryan

Coalition Lead

Kelly Bryan
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-bryan-00427653/

Kelly Bryan

Coalition Lead

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Kelly Bryan

Coalition Lead

Annie Wood

Digital Marketing

Annie Wood
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-wood-7845a655/

Annie Wood

Digital Marketing

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Annie Wood

Digital Marketing

Sean Siegrist

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

Sean Siegrist
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/seanmsiegrist/

Sean Siegrist

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

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Sean Siegrist

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

Mai Le

Partnerships

Mai Le
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mai-le-3a853413/

Mai Le

Mai leads the development of collaborations that will support the growth of impact-focused businesses worldwide.

Mai is particularly excited to spend her days learning about the incredible range and depth of initiatives that people are constantly and simultaneously putting in motion, getting to know the particularities of different local contexts, and figuring out ways to create new partnerships that bring these ideas together.

Previously, Mai has held several roles in partnership development and project management, based out of Canada, Bolivia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. This diversity of experience – from operationalizing a new association of NGOs in Bolivia, to advising Vietnamese college leaders about public-private sector collaborations, to evaluating the performance of UN agencies – provides nuanced perspectives that continue to guide Mai in her work today.

Mai is an avid learner of languages, speaking four fluently (English, Spanish, French and Vietnamese), and regularly issues self-challenges to master others. She fancies herself a fairly decent cook, and will eventually decide to take the plunge and open Vietnamese food stalls around the world. Mai is proud to be a native of both the US and Canada, and is a graduate of the University of San Diego (BA) and McGill University (MA).

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Mai Le

Partnerships

Mai leads the development of collaborations that will support the growth of impact-focused businesses worldwide.

Mai is particularly excited to spend her days learning about the incredible range and depth of initiatives that people are constantly and simultaneously putting in motion, getting to know the particularities of different local contexts, and figuring out ways to create new partnerships that bring these ideas together.

Previously, Mai has held several roles in partnership development and project management, based out of Canada, Bolivia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. This diversity of experience – from operationalizing a new association of NGOs in Bolivia, to advising Vietnamese college leaders about public-private sector collaborations, to evaluating the performance of UN agencies – provides nuanced perspectives that continue to guide Mai in her work today.

Mai is an avid learner of languages, speaking four fluently (English, Spanish, French and Vietnamese), and regularly issues self-challenges to master others. She fancies herself a fairly decent cook, and will eventually decide to take the plunge and open Vietnamese food stalls around the world. Mai is proud to be a native of both the US and Canada, and is a graduate of the University of San Diego (BA) and McGill University (MA).

Jéssica Silva

Front End Developer

Jéssica Silva
is an employee of
Pixelmatters
Pixelmattershttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jessipsilva/

Jéssica Silva

I'm a Front-end Developer with two years of experience. I live in Porto, Portugal and I'm 25 years old.
I'm very passionate and dedicated to my work. I'm always trying to learn new things.
With 2 years of experience as a professional, I have acquire different skills.

Front End Developer

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Jéssica Silva

Front End Developer

I'm a Front-end Developer with two years of experience. I live in Porto, Portugal and I'm 25 years old.
I'm very passionate and dedicated to my work. I'm always trying to learn new things.
With 2 years of experience as a professional, I have acquire different skills.

Allison Nixon

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

Allison Nixon
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amhale5/

Allison Nixon

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

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Allison Nixon

Entrepreneur & Investor Services

Ben Younkman

Ecosystems

Ben Younkman
is an employee of
Village Capital
Village Capitalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/younkman/

Ben Younkman

Ecosystems

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Ben Younkman

Ecosystems

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