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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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Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens
by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman

This report considers the shift in how funds state their use of a gender lens, and what a gender lens means in practice.  What had been a relatively clear criterion for inclusion in the Wharton Social Impact Initiative's study—the explicit and public use of a gender lens in investments—may no longer capture all the funds incorporating meaningful gender lens analysis. “Gender lens” is used quite differently from fund to fund and from investor to investor, and they are eager to add clarity to this important term. They are not making a value judgement regarding funds’ differing definitions of a gender lens; they are emphasizing that clarity and transparency are important. In short, there is an increase in the size of the private equity, venture capital, and private debt gender lens investing field and the diversity of its offerings, but still a lack of uniformity in investment processes and definitions.

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Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  private equity  venture capital 

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