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In 2019, venture capital investment into U.S. startups nearly doubled from $88 billion to $144 billion. So, while it comes as no surprise that 2019 was also a record year for female founders securing these dollars, many would be shocked to learn this funding amounted to a mere 3.4% at its all-time high

It would be reasonable to assume that VC funding would drop in 2020, especially during the uncertainty of the pandemic. However, U.S. investment actually increased to a whopping $166 billion with about the same number of deals as the year previous. In spite of this, investment into women-led startups tumbled to just 2.4% of funding, confirming many expert theories that the pandemic has caused a “shecession” in the entrepreneurial world.  

These discrepancies are huge and even more startling when you take into account that women-led startups are more likely to be successful than those led by their male counterparts. Only about 12% of decision makers at VC firms are women, and of all the partners at these firms, only 2.4% are female founders who have the true authority to control investment decisions. When women venture capitalists do make the decisions, they’re twice as likely to invest in

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This story was published at Startup Nation Women in Business and provided for your interest.

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