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Diversity VC co-founder Francesca Warner and advisor Harry Briggs are interviewed on Bloomberg Business' Technology Show.

Watch at 40 minutes to hear the discussion on the lack of diversity in Venture Capital.

Source: Full Show: Bloomberg Technology (05/23) – Bloomberg

10 British VCs To Start Sharing Diversity Data On All The Startups They Meet

One report from 2016 found just 9% of UK startup funding ended up going to companies with a female founder, while another report last year found just 13% of key decision-makers in Britain’s venture capital industry are women, highlighting just part of the problem.

A British campaign group set up by young venture capitalists to boost diverse representation in VC is expanding to the US.

Diversity VC will be backed in the US by the new Female Founders Fund, VC firm Insight Venture Partners, Entrepreneur First, and law firm Cooley.

Atomico's report, The State of European Tech, is the deepest, data-led investigation into the European Tech ecosystem.

Section 2.6 cites Diversity VC’s ‘Women in VC’ Data Project. “This huge underrepresentation of women is also evident in the European venture capital industry, where just 13% of decision-makers are women”.

Diversity VC co-founder Francesca Warner and advisor Harry Briggs are interviewed on Bloomberg Business' Technology Show.

Watch at 40 minutes to hear the discussion on the lack of diversity in Venture Capital.

Research spotlights lack of women in UK venture capital industry.

Just 13% of decision makers in the UK venture capital industry are female. That’s according to the ‘Women in UK Venture Capital 2017’ report produced by Diversity VC and the British Venture Capital Association (BCVA), which profiled more than 1500 professionals from 160 VC firms.

Shameful figures reveal venture capital is still a man’s world.

Women make up just one in 10 decision makers in UK venture capital. The tech industry’s diversity crisis starts at the top.

These surprising stats show the shocking lack of women in UK venture capital.

Just 13 per cent of the most powerful people in venture capital are female according to new figures which reveal a shocking lack of women at the top level of tech investment.

New research shows that UK VC firms are dominated by men.

Research from the new Diversity VC initiative found just 13% of decision makers in UK VC are women. 48% of VC firms have no women in their investment teams. Investors say the lack of women in VC is a “wake-up call”.

Women far under-represented at UK venture capital firms.

Only one in 10 decision makers at UK venture capital firms is female, according to an industry-wide study that highlights the severe underrepresentation of women in technology investment across Britain. The study, the first of its kind in the UK and conducted by Diversity VC, a non-profit organisation, found that two-thirds of firms have no female decision makers. Overall, just 27 per cent of employees at UK venture firms are women, compared with 45 per cent of US VCs.

Female angels need to give women entrepreneurs wings.

Female-run businesses are failing to raise the money they need to succeed, says Kirsty Grant, the investment director of Seedrs, one of the biggest crowdfunding platforms in the UK, and it is all because of a shortage of female angels.

A group of UK venture capitalists has cofounded Diversity VC, an initiative to get people other than white men into the industry.

The founders of the non-profit partnership include Francesca Warner, a Downing Ventures associate who told Business Insider the lack of diversity in VC particularly stood out to her when she went to a conference and was mistaken for a waitress. At another VC event she attended, she said, all 30 speakers were white men.

International Women’s Day: Why tech VCs must reflect the diversity of the firms they fund.

Investors play a huge part in deciding whether these companies succeed or fail. By providing cash at critical stages, VCs enable startups to reach scale and profitability quickly. But we can’t allow all tech investors to be cookie-cutter replicas of each other, as the companies funded would be too.

A group of UK venture capital investors have founded Diversity VC, a not-for-profit initiative focused on creating a fairer and more diverse VC industry.

Diversity VC will seek to tackle unconscious biases when it comes to hiring and investment decisions; and will host events and workshops with universities and students to increase awareness of routes into the technology investment industry.

Women are shying away from asking men to back them.

The world of venture capital is dominated by male executives, which can leave some female business founders reluctant to seek investment for the next stage in their company’s development.

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