The Next Wave of Growth in Global Technology Ventures – Women Entrepreneurs

Investors seeking to reinvigorate bottom line performance would do well to look at the potential for advantaged returns in an often-overlooked group of companies – high-tech start-ups co-founded or led by women entrepreneurs.

Over the past 30 years, more and more women have co-founded and successfully built capital-efficient high-tech companies that deliver venture-level returns.1And they are doing so with less funding and fewer failuresthan the norm.2In just the last 10 years, women’s involvement at officer–level in companies that IPO hasgrown dramatically – from 10 percent in 1997 to over 55 percent in 2007.

Women are now earning the necessary degrees and have gained appropriate management experience to make substantial contributionsto technology development. Repeated studies find that gender diversity at the officer level improves financialresults and leads to more creative problem solving.

Today, women make up more than 30 percent of the high-tech workforce and yet they receive less than 10 percent of venture funding.  This paper illuminates the opportunity represented by the current investment gap between the large and fast growing pool of skilled women entrepreneurs in high-tech and the limited funding in this sector. We focus onthe profit potential of financing companies co-founded or led by women – the invisible entrepreneurs.

– excerpt from Illuminate Ventures Whitepaper: High Performance Entrepreneurs: Women in High Tech

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