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Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 21, 2020

Venture Capital and the Gender Financing Gap: The Role of Accelerators

By IFC, the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab, Village Capital and We-Fi

Women entrepreneurs in emerging markets face a daunting gender finance gap when it comes to growing their start-ups into mainstream businesses.  New research shows that despite women leading half the start-ups that participate in accelerators they continue to face greatly unequal access to capital. This report, developed by IFC and the World Bank Group Gender Innovation Lab in partnership with Village Capital and We-Fi, studies the steep differential between financing for male and female-led start-ups post-acceleration and finds perceived risk and investor bias are the most likely causes. The comprehensive research found that acceleration actually seems to increase the gap in equity fundraising.  

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  acceleration  gender  gender financing gap  sector publication  venture capital 

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