FUND WOMEN. CHANGE THE WORLD.
Women's Venture Summit is an unmatched event that build ers and investors.
The goals of the conference are to boost female founders w the number of investors who invest in female-led startups.
Individuals from across the globe meet in a vibrant and intimate conference setting to explore opportunities for increased funding and collaboration. Women's Venture Summit is one effort that has helped Stella facilitate more than $71 million in funding for women-led startups.
B Y T H E N U M B E R S
Venture capital funding overall has surged in recent years, but the numbers haven't leapt forward for female founders at the same pace.
In 2019, 2.8% of funding went to women-led startups. Though meager, this figure represents an all-time high.
In 2020, funding fell to 2.3%, Crunchbase figures show. This comes after years of increases.
In 2021, companies founded solely by women garnered 2.4% of the total capital invested, according to PitchBook data. But that number doesn't tell the whole story. 2021 saw the creation of several women-led funds, incubators for female founders and more new companies.
Through Sept. 2022, VC funding to women-led startups fell slightly to 2.3%, Pitchbook figures show.
What about intersectionality?
Black and Latinx womenfounded companies continue to receive the lowest amount of funding, however diverse teams outperform.
Companies in the top quartile of gender and ethnic diversity in their leadership were 21 percent & 33 percent more likely to have aboveaverage profitability, respectively.
HERstory HERstory& T H E G L O B A L P A N D E M I C
The pandemic has been disastrous for women; they are 1.8 times more likely to be laid off than men * , causing 6 million job losses. But economic data** indicates women are rapidly starting businesses in the COVID era, and they need support.
Nearly 40% of women who started a new business during COVID did so as a direct result of the pandemic.
To sustain these new businesses, women founders need support & access to funding.
Time to exit for women founded companies decreased to 6.6 yrs in 2021 and increased to 7.7 yrs for all USA companies.
Women VCs account for 15% of VC investors only 12% of women were general partners in 2019 and female founding partners only make up 2.4% of all partners.
& T H E G L O B A L P A N D E M I C
Women founders receive only ~2 funding (Pre-seed & Seed) and 2% funding starting at Seed+ or Serie
Startups with at least one female on to hire 2.5x more women than with all-male founders.
This is why WVS is important — to bring them together.
Women investors (angels and wo alike) are 2x as likely to invest in a entrepreneur**Kaufmann Foundation
During summer 2022, Women's Fast Pitch 2022 commenced. It consisted of five live, virtual pitch competitions featuring incredible female founders from across the United States. The finalists from each region advanced to the national competition that took place on day two of Women’s Venture Summit 2022.SPONSORED BY:
Women's Venture Summit engages the entire female startup ecosystem including angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, students and advocates. These fierce females desire and deserve access to information, networks and capital. Women's Venture Summit delivers this via a dynamic, inspiring and interactive event overflowing with smart panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities.
WHAT ATTENDEES SAID ABOUT WVS2022
"Three words that I would use to describe this weekend would be supported, empowered and focused. One thing I didn't know is that even as a founder, I too can be an early-stage investor. As an unaccredited investor, there are still other avenues and vehicles..."-Aurelia Edwards, Founder
"We can do a lot to bridge the gap for female founders. Women can and will do better."
-Adriana Vasquez, Founder
"It's wonderful to be in an environment where being a woman as an investor or an entrepreneur is normalized. "
-Barbara Clarke, Founder & Investor
"To other men out there, join me for future events and just listen... If you ' re actually interested in helping this problem, then come to these events, talk to those individuals, those centers of influence, and put your money where your mouth is."-Yannis Moore, VC scout