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Infographic – Few Venture Dollars for Women Founders

Chart: Venture dollars to women-owned companies

Click on image for full-size view (Crunchbase)

25 Sept. 2021. Despite an increase in venture investment dollars so far this year, investments in new companies started by women continue to lag behind. Crunchbase News reported this week on venture capital since 2016 going to companies founded all or in part by women.

The analysis of data compiled in Crunchbase records show 2.2 percent of all venture investment dollars so far this year went to companies with all-women founders. This percentage is lowest recorded since 2016, and down from the 3.3 percent recorded in 2019, the largest annual percentage since that time. Nearly 12 percent (11.7%) of all investment dollars this year went to companies with men and women as founders, about the same annual percentage since 2018.

The number of venture transactions for all women-founded companies, shown on a separate chart, reached nearly 8 percent (7.6%) so far this year, also on on par with annual rates since 2018. Companies started by women and men attracted about 15 percent (14.9%) of all venture deals this year, roughly the same as the previous three years, but still an increase from just over 13 percent (13.4%) in 2016.

Crunchbase’s report quotes Lolita Taub, general partner of the Community Fund, a seed- and early-state venture investor in San Diego, who says, “This is one more reason we need to have women and other underestimated minorities be check writers. It’s all about who’s writing checks and seeing these opportunities.”

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