The share of funding to female founders falls – again!
Venture capital funding exploded in 2021, breaking all historic records. Stories of the “wall of money” have been widespread, and according to Crunchbase, investment by VC firms globally hit $643 billion in 2021, up 92% on 2020.
Yet again, female founders are not getting their fair share of this money.
According to Pitchbook, a total of $330 billion was invested by VCs in the USA last year – up by 91% – while investments in Europe topped €100 billion – growth of 115% over 2020. Mixed gender teams in the USA received $56 billion, more than double the prior year and their share of total funding in the USA grew from 12.3% to 15.6%. Funding to all-female teams was $6.4 billion, up by 84%, but as a share of total funding it fell from 2.2% to just 2.0%. That’s down two years in a row, after reaching 2.6% in 2019. You have to go back to 2009 to see funding to female founders at its record high in the USA of 2.8%.
Staying with the Pitchbook data and moving across the Atlantic to Europe, it’s an even worse story. Despite the record-breaking sums invested, the share of funding to mixed gender teams fell from 14.4% in 2020 to 13.4% in 2021, and the share to all female teams collapsed from 2.4% to just 1.0% of the total.