Research

  • A 2016 study by Oppenheimer Funds found that women start new businesses at twice the rate of men.
     
  • The Illuminate Ventures study of US businesses found that women-led, venture-backed companies were less likely to fail, used less capital, and had 12 percent higher annual revenues than those led by men.
     
  • The Dow Jones study of 15 years of venture-backed companies showed that a company’s chances of success increase as the percentage of females holding executive positions increases.
     
  • First Round Capital analyzed a decade's worth of data from 300 of their portfolio companies and learned that startup teams with at least one female founder performed 63 percent better than all-male teams.
     
  • The Albina Opportunity Corporation, which extends loans specifically to disadvantaged businesses and local small businesses owned by women, has experienced three women-involved defaults of 75 loans. 
     
  • According to “Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital,” a 2014 review of venture financing published by Babson College, 2.7 percent of venture-backed companies were led by women (conversely, over 97 percent of financed companies were led by men). 

  • According to a Senate report, “21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship,” businesses owned by women receive only five percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans. 

  • According to Project Diane's report, “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Women Founders,” when you add race to gender, the statistics grow more dismal. Only 11 African-American women in the US have received venture capital exceeding $1 million.