Where Are Female Founders Raising Capital? - KingsCrowd

March 16, 2022

Where Are Female Founders Raising Capital?

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. As part of our series highlighting female-run investment opportunities, this week we broke down the percentage of deals with female founders across the top five platforms for new deals in 2021: Wefunder, StartEngine, Republic, Netcapital, and SeedInvest. In 2021, female-founded companies received 2.1% of traditional venture capital (VC) funding. But what about deal count? In 2021, 6.6% of all new deals that came across venture desks were female-founded companies. And less than 20% of VC deals had mixed gender founding teams.

The private markets tell a different story from VC. Nearly 30% of all new investment opportunities on Republic had female founders, making up 46 of the 160 new equity raises for the year. Even SeedInvest – with the lowest percentage of female-led investment opportunities – topped the venture capital ecosystem with 11.6% of new raises featuring a female founder. Wefunder had the most new investment opportunities in 2021 and just over a fifth were female-founded. 

While this is far from an even split, it is a step in the right direction for those looking to amplify underrepresented entrepreneurs and ideas. In fact, Republic makes it easy for investors to find female-led startups with tags at the top of each raise page. KingsCrowd’s company search tool also has a feature to filter by female- and minority-founded opportunities, no matter the platform.

Despite investments in female founders actually declining year-over-year in the venture world, both the crowdfunding space and venture capital are seeing an increase in female-led deals available. Thus far in 2022, female-founded investment opportunities made up 7.4% of all new venture-backed deals. For online startup deals, there are currently more than 150 active deals with female founders

Note: all data used for the Chart of the Week comes from the KingsCrowd database and represents a snapshot of the crowdfunding market.

About: Olivia Strobl

Olivia comes to KingsCrowd with a background in venture capital and technology. She spent time at Glasswing Ventures, an AI-focused venture fund in Boston, before joining the KingsCrowd team. There she helped develop machine learning algorithms for the opportunity qualification of preseed and seed-stage startup companies. Prior to her time at Glasswing, Olivia worked in a lab studying the neural correlates of attention. She holds a degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College.

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