Still Making Money Moves: Top Venture Capital Firms Investing in Women Entrepreneurs
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Money Moves: Top VC funding companies for women

Still Making Money Moves: Top Venture Capital Firms Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

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Listen up, BossChix! We’ve talked a lot about networks and the importance of having a ‘tribe’. This is even more important if you’re an entrepreneur. Networks bring ideas and innovation to life – including connecting into the necessary investment dollars. In this series we are continuing our conversation around all things entrepreneurship and funding, focusing on the top venture capital (VC) opportunities for female-founded companies in the U.S.

If you haven’t read our first post in the “Make Money Moves” series, Angel Investors vs. VC Funding 101 be sure to check that out.

 

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Things are changing, but it’s still a challenging environment for women leading startups and working to translate dreams into dollars with venture capital investments.

All-women businesses received just 2.2% of the $85 billion total invested by venture capitalists (VCs) in 2017, according to data from VC database PitchBook. While that definitely is a small number, the good news is – that percentage is going up.

Speaking of good news – a survey conducted by VC firm, First Round found that of the nearly 600 founders surveyed, those who were part of a team with a female founder performed 63% better than all-male counterparts. And study after study has shown that diverse founding groups financially outperform all-male or all-female teams.

These facts and figures mean there continues to be new opportunities for us to make things happen, but it’s going to take some hustle. So, what do we do?

 

22 Female Friendly Venture Capital Funds You Should Have In Your Network

While the list below is not all encompassing – you can see there are a number of firms out there that focus on supporting women through venture capital (VC). Some of them have a diverse investment team, some are founded themselves by women, some make a concentrated effort to diversify their investment portfolio with a focus on supporting women-led initiatives, and some only give VC funding to female-led teams.

Below are investors who have most actively funded companies with at least one female founder. The list includes a mix of Silicon Valley titans and smaller funds specifically focused on women-led businesses.

  • New Enterprise Associates
  • NEA is a global venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare across all stages of a company’s growth.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Framebridge, Houzz

 

  • Golden Seeds
  • This is one of the nation’s largest, most active early-stage investment firms that focus on women leaders. They’ve already invested more than $100 million in nearly 150 exciting women-led enterprises.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Bentobox, Lark, Kango

 

  • Right Side Capital Management
  • RSCM is a technology startup investment firm focused exclusively on the pre-seed stage with U.S. and Canadian companies.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Alice’s Table, Solstice

 

  • First Round Capital
  • First Round focuses on being the world’s best partner for founders at the very first stages of company creation. They’ve also launched a private, internal community for the women across First Round companies called +Women. It’s advertised as a place for over 730 women to connect and learn from each other. In May 2017, they had an event for 150 women at First Round companies where everything from negotiating compensation to building inclusive teams was discussed in depth.
  • 20% of the new investments made by First Round in 2017 had either at least one female or under-represented minority founder.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Birchbox, Ringly, Wanelo

 

  • GV
  • GV (launched as Google Ventures) is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. and provides venture capital funding to bold new companies in the fields of life science, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, cyber security and agriculture.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: 23andMe, theSkimm

 

  • Lerer Hippeau
  • This is an early-stage venture capital fund based in New York City. They seek entrepreneurs with product vision, consumer insight, focused execution, and unwavering ambition.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Glossier, BaubleBar

 

  • Canaan Partners
    Canaan is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in visionaries with transformative ideas.Venture Capital firms have been a game-changer for women owned businesses
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: JOOR, UrbanSitter, TheRealReal

 

  • Greycroft
  • This is a large female-founded firm focused on venture capital and technology investments.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: ELOQUII, theSkimm

 

  • BBG Ventures
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Rocksbox, ZOLA, LOLA
  • This is an early-stage fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder. According to their website, women are the dominant users of the fastest-growing mobile and social platforms, and they make or influence 85% of consumer purchases. BBG believes the greatest untapped opportunity for VC lies in backing women who are using technology to address common life-challenges and transform daily habits.

 

  • Investors’ Circle-Social Venture Network
  • IC-SVN has 57 years of combined experience leading the way in the field of social impact. They were established as one of the earliest and most influential peer networks, helping to grow some of the most successful social enterprises in history (Ben & Jerry’s, The Body Shop, KIND). 35% of companies that have received funding from IC-SVN since 2012 are women-led.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Kickboard, Medolac

 

  • Female Founders Fund
  • An early-stage fund investing in talented female founders with disruptive and innovative ideas that better serve their consumer.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: ZOLA, billie, Winky Lux

 

  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • This is a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, California that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. They invest in seed to late-stage companies, and both consumer and enterprise technology companies.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: bebop, BioAge, Ringly

 

  • Great Oaks Venture Capital
  • Great Oaks is among the most active seed investors in New York. They partner with talented, focused founders building enduring businesses across consumer, enterprise and healthcare.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Houzz, Away, TULA

 

  • Index Ventures
  • Index Ventures is a London and San Francisco-based international venture capital firm that helps the most ambitious entrepreneurs turn bold ideas into a reality.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Glossier, Moleskin, Net-a-Porter

 

  • General Catalyst Partners
  • GC is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: The Honest Co., Outdoor Voices

 

  • Valor Ventures
  • Headquartered in Atlanta – which ranks in the top three metropolitan areas for growth in the number of women-owned businesses – this is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in software companies headquartered outside of Silicon Valley growing at >25%.
  • Valor’s Startup Runway Foundation earns first looks at the top 10% of minority and women founders in the Southeast. Startup Runway is the largest pitch event for women and minority founders in the region.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Smart Commerce, Funding U

 

  • The Women’s Venture Capital Fund
  • WomensVCFund capitalizes on the expanding pipeline of women entrepreneurs leading gender diverse teams and creating capital efficient, high growth companies in digital media and sustainable products and services.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Vow to be Chic, HopSkipDrive

 

  • Forerunner Ventures
  • This is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in ambitious entrepreneurs to define and dominate a new generation of commerce.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Away, Draper James, Ritual

 

  • Aspect Ventures
  • Aspect helps bridge the gap between seed and later stage venture.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: TheRealReal, UrbanSitter, BaubleBar

 

  • Halogen Ventures
  • Halogen Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund focused on female founded consumer technologies.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: theSkimm, Sugarfina

 

  • Cowboy Ventures
  • Cowboy Ventures helps seed-stage technology companies grow. They’re looking to back exceptional founders who are building products that re-imagine work and personal life in large and growing markets. They are a community of founders, team members and advisors that supports each other to share lessons learned and build products that millions of customers love to use.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Milk Stork, The Town Kitchen

 

  • Urban Innovation Fund
  • A venture capital firm that provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs shaping the future of cities – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
  • Female-founded companies in their portfolio you might have heard of: Brit+Co, Brandless

What's next for women in venture capital

 

What’s Next For Women In Venture Capital?

The Diana Project, a recent report from Babson College, found that venture capital firms with women on their team are more than twice as likely to fund a management team with women. This means we need to keep pushing ahead and helping each other over the threshold.

In the current male-dominated venture capital world, women’s lack of industry ties and networks tends to put us at a disadvantage – that’s no secret to us, as women we are always acutely aware of what we identify as our shortcomings – but don’t let that be your business story. Get your ideas and what you’re passionate about out there, make connections, be confident and don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it – because we’re BossChix!

 

 

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Aija Rhodes

Aija is the founder of BossChix Network, a women’s empowerment and lifestyle blog that celebrates women’s professional achievements, community involvement, and family life. BossChix Network also empowers women to overcome challenges and achieve their goals, BossChix Network serves as an outlet for women to connect and collaborate with others who seek to climb the corporate ladder, land roles that prepare them for senior leadership, and live authentically. Aija is a management consultant for a Big Four consultancy firm. She is a certified Project Management Professional and has fourteen years of program and project management experience assisting clients in conquering an array of business challenges. Most recently, she led a team that designed an IT security program and portfolio management processes for a global healthcare company. When she isn’t blogging or working with clients, Aija can be found enjoying the restaurants and museums of her hometown, Washington, D.C.

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