Why Are Women In Europe Missing Out On VC?

Intervention is needed to improve women-led companies’ access to finance.

In a recent study, EIB’s InnovFin Advisory assessed the availability of finance for women-owned and managed companies in Europe as compared to the United States. While women-led companies account for only a small portion of financing deals and investment flows, their share is growing. Nevertheless, structural inequalities and persistent biases continue to distort the funding environment.

The research from the European Investment Bank identifies the barriers to risk capital for women entrepreneurs in Europe, on both the demand and supply side, with multi-level recommendations to get them ready for institutional funding. Gender smart interviews Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division at EIB’s Innovation Finance Advisory, about the report’s key findings and implications.

Read the full article and get access to the report here.

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