The mission of Funding Focus is to level the uneven playing field that female and diverse entrepreneurs face when raising capital.
We do this by raising awareness and providing education to founders, investors, NGOs and governments worldwide. We are committed to supporting UNSDG 4 – Quality Education and UNSDG 5 – Gender Equality.
Funding Focus is back! After the success of our inaugural conference on 25 November last year, we’re returning for a virtual event on 25 November 2020 between 14.00-18.00 GMT. You can register for your tickets here.
This year, the focus of the conference will be slightly different. While last year we concentrated solely on the inequalities that female entrepreneurs faced, this year we are looking more broadly at the barriers experienced by entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds – whether that be in terms of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Founder of Funding Focus David Horne says this:
“Looking back at the inaugural Funding Focus event on 25 November 2019 at the London Stock Exchange, beyond the fact that it was an amazing day, two things in particular spring to mind:
- The inequalities faced by female founders are not confined to the UK. The social media posts around the conference last year received engagement from people in 10 countries around the world – Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. The comments made it clear that inequitable funding was a big issue for these other countries too.
- This isn’t just about women versus men. That day I heard stories of people from all manner of diverse backgrounds who face the same uneven playing field.”
You can read David’s thoughts in full here.