Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#SXSW2014 - Women-Led: The Underserved Investment Opportunity

Booking your calendar for morning of Saturday March 8th at SxSW? 

Please join me at 9.30am along with Lauren Flanagan, Josh Henderson and Trish Costello for our panel discussion:
Women-Led: The Underserved Investment Opportunity

The Pitch:
Companies that are led by women or have diverse teams are shown to outperform those without women on the team, and yet private investments in these companies is far below what would be expected. Investors maintain that their decisions have nothing to do with the gender of the CEO. Less than 15% of venture investments are made in companies with a woman founder and/or CEO, yet according to the SBA women own about 50 percent of all businesses. There are many studies and impressive statistics to show the career and entrepreneurial potential of women indicating that they are an underserved business opportunity for investors. In 2000, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor recommended increasing the participation of women in entrepreneurship as a necessity for long-term economic prosperity. Three investors who have 'made a market' in investing in women-led businesses reveal their rationale and ROI.