Sunday is International Women’s Day. Here are 3 new insights on female founders

In the last decade, the share of invested dollars that went to companies founded by women only stayed tiny.


March 5, 2020

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There’s a stubborn problem in Startupland: Female-founded companies still see just a sliver of the monetary pie.

In the last decade, the share of invested dollars that went to companies founded by women stayed flat at 3%.

That’s one insight from a fresh Crunchbase report on the landscape for female founders. As we look ahead to International Women’s Day on Sunday, here are 3 more:

1️⃣ Companies founded by women only raised significantly less than those founded by men only. An average of 13% less, that is.

2️⃣ But the share of funded startups with at least 1 female founder is growing. In 2019, it was 20%, compared to 10% in 2009. And on average, companies co-founded by men and women raised more than those founded by either group alone.

3️⃣ Also growing: The pack of unicorns with a female founder. There were 21 in 2019, compared to just 5 in 2016.

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