THE CURRENT PROBLEM ON VC FUNDING FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

  1. The Missing Middle: Small female-owned enterprises are underserved and often overlooked by mainstream investors:
    • Too big for microloans and grants.
    • Too small for private equity firms and investment banks.
  2. Enlightened, but Still Biased.
  3. Women-founded businesses tend to be smaller and in lower growth industries like retail or food, rather than technology.
  4. Women entrepreneurs face challenges in getting access to thought-leaders — people who can help them think through problems they may be facing: social capital, intellectual capital, and things that are important in addition to financial capital.
  5. Only 15 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a women on the executive team, up from 5 percent in 1999. Even worse, a mere 2.7 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a woman CEO.