Women in Venture Capital

By John Glynn, Erika Feldhausen
2019 | Case No. E695 | Length 12 pgs.

This case introduces students to the history of women in the venture capital industry. It explores the impact of gender diversity on both company performance and fund returns, describes the lack of funding for female founders, and highlights examples of women-led venture capital firms.

Also see:  E696: Women in Capital Venture: Cindy Padnos and Aileen Lee

Learning Objective

The main purpose of this case is to provide students with an overview of gender diversity issues in the venture capital industry and how that has impacted the entrepreneurial ecosystem more broadly. It challenges students to consider why gender diversity has remained an issue. Further, it highlights examples of efforts that have made a positive impact on improving gender diversity.

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