Women continue to be underrepresented in the venture capital (VC) industry, both as investors and as founders of funded startups. This lack of diversity has far-reaching consequences for the types of innovations that get funded and the perspectives that shape the industry.
To address this issue, Ethical Digital, the Diversity Institute (Toronto Metropolitan University) National Angel Capital Association (NACO), and Neal Dempsey, Managing General Partner of Bay Partners, partnered to create a literature review, “Women and the Venture Capital Industry in Canada and the United States”.
The report identifies the barriers that women face in entering and advancing in VC and to propose strategies for increasing their representation.
In this webinar, we will explore the most common challenges women face getting into VC, such as lack of access to networks and mentors, unconscious bias, and a culture that values "pattern recognition" over diverse perspectives. You'll have the opportunity to download and explore the literature review that summarizes the research findings in detail, including interview snippets and collected quotes of actual lived experiences from professionals in the industry.
Whether you're a woman interested in entering VC, a current VC professional who wants to support diversity, or an entrepreneur curious about the impact of VC diversity on startup success, this webinar will provide valuable insights and actionable recommendations.
Did you know:
- In 2019, women comprised just 13% and 15% of partners in U.S. and Canadian VC firms, respectively.
- Companies with over 30% women on leadership teams tend to outperform companies with fewer women in leadership.
- A 10% increase in women partners at VC firms resulted in a 1.5% increase in annual financial returns.
You can download the research here: https://www.ethicaldigital.ca/women-and-the-venture-capital