The numbers don’t lie--female angel investors’ contributions to the economy has exponential benefits, but they make up only a fraction of the global angel investor pool. Here’s how Aminta Ventures is changing that.
It’s not news that Silicon Valley’s gender gap--both in financial and human capital--can contribute to dysfunctional environments and company cultures. It affects ecosystems, economies and bottom lines. But it has far-reaching consequences that stretch beyond the Bay Area.
In South Florida, Aminta Ventures is looking to help local players clear these Valley-inspired hurdles as the regional entrepreneurial economy continues to grow.
“We are an organization for women that facilitates their exploration into angel investing through education, support, partnerships and a network of investors and thought leaders. While Aminta Ventures is not a fund, nor an angel group, we are the first organization that a woman may reach out to for more information when beginning her journey into angel investing.”
Creating an environment for women investors to thrive is essential to the innovation and diversity of entrepreneurial success.
Women make up only about 25% of angel investors and 29% of the entrepreneurs that sought angel capital in 2015 (source). By reducing the barriers to entry for investing, and furthering potential investors’ understanding of the investment climate, we can cultivate the next wave of female angel investors.
After all, more female investors means higher consideration of female-run companies.
According to The University of New Hampshire’s Jeffrey Sohl and Laura Hill, who conducted a survey of angel groups in the United States, angel groups with a higher representation of women tend to attract and consider a higher percentage of women-owned firms and devote a higher percentage of their investments to women-owned firms. This has massive forward-paying benefits.
It is time for women to understand the true power of their capital to green-light and validate new opportunities.