The Valhalla Approach to Gender Equality in Angel Investing

According to data from the Angel Capital Association, women make up just a fifth (22%) of America’s angel investors, with this figure dropping to just 14% of angel investors in the UK and five percent in France.

Likewise, a 2020 report carried out by Women in VC – the world’s largest community for female investors – found that only 4.9% of the US’ venture capitalist partners are female (with Latinx and black female investors each making up 0.2% of this figure, respectively); while Crunchbase data from the same year found that only 2.3% of funding went to women-led startups, a drop from to 2.8% the year prior.

Gender disparity has also had a wider impact on the mental health of female angel investors. A 2019 study by the Canadian Mental Health Association revealed that female entrepreneurs with startups in the growth or early stages (alongside those with fewer employees or less revenue) are more likely to report mental health issues than their male counterparts.

However, Valhalla Private Capital welcomes every opportunity to highlight our quintessentially Canadian approach to unlocking capital for female entrepreneurs through global affairs, instead of working through other donor organizations. 

Since Valhalla’s inception in 2014, we have taken steps to champion female investors and entrepreneurs across North America and further afield.

As well as training and advising the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs – one of Canada’s most prominent programs which prepares female founders for financing – Valhalla Private Capital has mentored 600 women-led businesses on their investment readiness process, assisting female founders in raising an estimated USD$1.5m along the way. An estimated 36% of the approximately 1,100 entrepreneurs who have attended Valhalla fundraising workshops are female founders.

We continue to coach female entrepreneurs on growth strategies, as part of Vietnam’s Women’s Initiative for Startups and Entrepreneurship, and in Pakistan we are currently offering coaching support as part of the World Bank’s WeRaise program, which supports 12 female Pakistani entrepreneurs as they endeavor to raise outside capital. 

Valhalla Private Capital has also made a formal commitment to Beyond the Billion – an organization dedicated to unlocking capital to women entrepreneurs – to provide $20 million in funding to female founders.

Do you have a question about angel investing? Get in touch with Valhalla Angels via our contact page.

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