December 15

Analysis: Venture Capitalists Don’t Seem to Care Much About India’s Woman Entrepreneurs

By Mimansa Verma

There is a stark investment imbalance between companies led by men and women in India.

In 2021, startups founded by women received only 0.3% of India’s total venture capital funding, according to data by DealStreetAsia. This is despite delivering better results than companies founded by men.

What’s worse is that women-led firms are also receiving funds—or whatever little—at lower valuations. Only 15% of Indian unicorns have at least one female founder, with Nykaa (pdf) being the only one to be solely run by a woman, according to Nikkei Asia report today (Dec. 12).

Photo courtesy of UN Women/Second Chance Education Programme.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

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