3/14/17: Venture Capital’s Funding Gender Gap Is Actually Getting Worse – PitchBook
The latest numbers are out, and the punchline is that things haven’t really changed in terms of women receiving VC investment dollars.
FUNDING: In 2016, women received just $1.46 billion in VC money compared to $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders. (That’s not quite 2.5% of the money going to companies with a woman founder on the team.)
NUMBER OF DEALS: Ten years ago, female founders were involved with just 2.95% of deals, and as of the past year, women-led companies made up just 4.94% of all VC deals. (It doesn’t seem much of a cause for celebration, but it is the highest percentage in the past decade.)
SIZE OF DEALS: The average VC deal size for women-led companies was $4.5 million in 2016—trending down as compared to $6.1 million in 2015 and $5.1 million in 2014. In contrast, the average investment for male founders was $10.9 million in 2016, trending up from $9.7 million in 2015 and $8.4 million in 2014. (That ends up equating to women receiving 2.19% of VC funding in 2016 in terms of share of total money.)