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29 April 2020 5 min read

Part 3: Exploring the lending gender bias – the role of  Venture Capital 

Anna Orriss-Baxter

Anna Orriss-Baxter
Senior Manager | Financial services | London

The third instalment in our lending gender bias series is ready for you. This series continues to explore the reasons for the lack of funding available to female led business.  

Approximately six months ago we launched our first video (below) in the lending gender bias series, dedicated to the Alison Rose Review, a report highlighting the discrepancy in funding received by female companies compared to male counterparts. We noted the barriers to female entrepreneurs achieving greater levels of funding, but also highlighted the opportunities identified in the report and the societal and economic benefits that would come from increasing the volume of female-led businesses in the UK.  

Since then, I was fortunate enough to interview Sam Seaton, the Founder and CEO of MoneyHub (below). It was really interesting to hear her views on the report and the market generally, as well as to hear about her experience of trying to get funding as the female of a FinTech.  

Over the past six months, the issue of gender parity in funding has continued to be discussed and there does appear to have been positive change in the market: in January this year, under the leadership of Alison Rose, RBS launched £1bn of funding specifically for female entrepreneurs. Their aspiration is to create at least 50,000 new businesses by 2023. In March of this year, Goldman Sachs reported that their Launch with GS initiative has deployed over $230mn of funds globally to businesses with diverse leadership since inception in June 2018. This initiative is also open to US-based Black and Latinx founders which is brilliant to see, as it is not only female-led businesses that are under-represented in this area.   

More examples of positive change can be found in the third video of our lending gender bias series. Here I interview Julia Rabin of Diversity VC and Claire Palmer of Silicon Valley Bank’s Emerging Venture Capital Practice. Our discussion focuses on the make-up of VC firms and what impact this may have on the ways in which they invest. We also consider the importance of inclusivity to create and foster a diverse culture within the venture capital firms themselves as well as in the companies they invest in.

Below is the whole Lending Gender Bias series, including shortened highlight versions of Parts 2 and 3, as well as links to the full length recordings for those who want to hear the conversations in full. I hope you enjoy! 

Part 3: The role of Venture Capital​ (with Julia Rabin and Claire Palmer):
The full Part 3 interview is available here

Part 1: The Alison Rose Review:

Part 2: Working with Entrepreneurs (with Sam Seaton):
The full Part 2 interview is available here

Note that these videos were recorded prior to social distancing measures being in place.