The need for capital is often the primary concern for women business founders, particularly since they received only 2% of U.S. venture capital in 2017. Both institutional and private investors are paying increased interest in gender lens investing and consider it a strategic investment decision to drive sustainable development, increase investment returns and mitigate risks associated with gender
Additionally, some investors have realized that women-owned businesses generate $1.8 trillion revenue -- 4.3% of the total private sector revenue and employ 9.2 million people -- 8% of the total private sector workforce.1 Businesses founded by women “ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men, making women-owned companies better investments for financial backers.” 2
Leaders at the forefront of business and investment will share how emerging funding models, from corporate funds to crowdfunded pitch competitions, are increasing capital availability for women entrepreneurs and how concretely they can access capital. Practical examples will be showcased.
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