Funding to the Female Founders (part 1)

  • In the last five years, close to 9,900 startups raising an initial funding round had a female founder, almost double the count from the previous five years with 5,300 startups.
  • There were 21 new female co-founded unicorn companies in 2019, the highest count in a one year period. In 2018, there were 15 new female co-founded unicorns. This subset includes companies with female-only founded and male/female co-founded companies.
  • In 2019, female-only founded companies raised 3 percent of venture dollars and female/male co-founded raised 9 percent of venture dollars. The proportion of venture dollars to female-only has been stagnant; raising 2 or 3 percent venture for 8 out of the last 10 years. Female/male co-founded has moved from 6 to 9 percent of funding over a 10-year timeframe.

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