Portland-area women founders landed just 5% of 2018's historic VC haul - Portland Business Journal (subscription required) 3/13/2019
Women-owned businesses play an outsized role in Oregon's economy. So why aren't we funding them? - Portland Business Journal (subscription required) 3/7/2019
Oregon Targets High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs to Grow its Economy - Forbes 2/27/19
XXcelerate Fund Launch during PDX Startup Week. Watch the livestream.
"XXcelerate Fund: Women funding women," Business Tribune, 2/2/17
"Accelerating and funding incredible women entrepreneurs in Oregon: XXcelerate Fund," Silicon Florist, 1/24/17
"New loan fund to invest in women-led companies," Portland Business Journal, 1/24/17
Oregon-Wide Women Entrepreneurs Create XXcelerate Fund, Press Release (PDF), 1/24/17
"Wyden asks Oregon banks for information about loans to women business owners," Portland Business Journal, 12/1/16
"Female CEOs talk challenges of finding capital," Portland Business Journal, 10/16/16
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.