22 Mar Report: women still under-represented in venture capital firms, but gaining
While women remain seriously under-represented in the venture capital industry, there has been steady growth in the number of women in lead partner positions and VC deals led by women, according to the new Pregin report on Women in Venture Capital.
The report notes that women represent a “mere 21 percent of all venture capital employees,” with most, 36 percent in junior level positions. Another 29 percent are in mid-level positions and only 11 percent hold senior positions.
The number of female board members is even smaller. Just 6 percent of all VC board members are women.
The report points out, however, that since 2010, there has been steady growth in both the number of women in lead partner positions and the aggregate size of VC deals led by women.
In 2017, women acted in 83 more deals as lead partners with more than $2 billion more in deal values, than in 2016. In North America, women-owned firms completed 366 investments totaling more than $4.6 billion.