Austin Startup Week 2021 Austin Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

- CDT
Founders and Funders: The Fundraising Gap
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Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
expa, Managing Director
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Radical Girl Gang, CEO
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
The Mentor Method, CEO and Founder
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Republic, Venture Growth & Partnerships Lead
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
ISO, Chief Innovation Officer

According to Techrunch, women-founded startups deliver 62% higher ROI, generate twice as much revenue per dollar invested, and take one full year less time to exit. In the past five years, VC investments in women-owned tech companies increased steadily. However, once COVID hit, and investors retreated to their referral networks and “safe investments’’, VC funding for women shrunk drastically. Crunchbase data show more than 800 female-founded startups globally received a total of $4.9 billion in venture funding in 2020, through mid-December, representing a 27% decrease over the same period.

If we invest in women at the same rate that we invest in men, this could boost the global economy by up to $5 trillion. Many 2020-2021 portfolios are missing that opportunity. In this panel we will hear from founders and funders who will discuss how the presumption of “investment safety” not only stunts ROI but is a district barrier to equity efforts.