Sexism interfering with investment in start-ups 

An investigation into the financing of 40 start-ups has found only 1.6% of the start-ups that received financing were led by women. 

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

When a group of Dutch businesswomen noticed they were consistently on the receiving end of sexist remarks from investors, they began collating their experiences.

Comments included "Pregnant and running a company with all those hormones? I feel sorry for your husband" and "we must keep using your pretty face because it won’t last for ever".

These comments were then complied into a report. The report found male-led start-ups were awarded funding much more frequently than women, as were start-ups with a mixed executive team. Of the 40 start-ups that were examined only 1.6% of them were led by women.

Details from the story:

  • The remarks were published in a report about the financing of female led start-ups.
  • 6.8% of the start-ups that received funding had mixed teams leading the business.
  • Eline Leijten was the brain behind the collection of the comments.

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