In a previous article, we talked about how women and minorities are underrepresented as founders of tech startups, especially in the Fintech space. However, this gender inequality lies not only in the companies who are invested in, but also in who is doing the investing.
A recent comprehensive study by TechCrunch about gender in venture capital firms show that women only make up 7% of investing partners at top 100 venture firms. Encouraging more women to invest in startups could play an important role in getting more women founders funded. If you are a women looking to begin investing in startups, how can you begin? 37 Angels, a community of women angel investors, has upcoming bootcamps for women interested in learning how to invest in early stage startups.
The NYC bootcamp includes a 2-day immersion, September 15-16 or November 17-18, followed by a month of self-paced work where you learn how to source, select, diligence, value and invest in early stage startups through workshops and hands-on application. If you’re not in NYC, they also have an online bootcamp that kicks off Jan 2018.
Beyond learning how to invest in startups through a curriculum developed by Associate Dean of Columbia Business School Angela Lee, belonging to 37 Angels has a myriad of other perks for angel investors.
Through the bootcamp, you will gain 1-year free of membership to the network. 37 Angels evaluates 2,000+ startups a year, giving you access to high quality deal flow you’ll have access to as a member. At Quesnay, our own founder, Jenn Byrne, is a female founder and angel investor, so this is a causddde that resonates with us on multiple levels.
Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming launch of Quesnay’s own Female Founder Competition on October 1, 2017. Reach out if you’re interested in sponsorship, judging, and / or mentoring opportunities!