DEI series (Part 2 of 4)- Resources for female: managers + founders + aspiring VCs

Intro to the series:

The purpose of this series is to highlight programs/investors to improve diversity within the PE/VC space at all stages of a VC’s career ranging from support when starting their own fund to support at the start of their careers. This part is focused on resources for females. Part 1 was focused on resources for emerging managers, Part 3 will be focused on resources for managers based on race, disability, age, veteran status. Part 4 will be my commentary and observations on the state of diversity in the VC/PE space and where the community as a whole can improve.

Background:

Goal of this article is to highlight numerous resources for female entrepreneurs, female VCs and aspiring VCs.

US-focused resources for female GPs:

Please do your homework before approaching any of these resources to make sure that you are a good fit, because: you are more likely to get a positive response, you are more likely to get productive meetings, and you are more likely to advance in your fundraising. Read SBAI’s SPARK and ILPA’s Emerging Manager Toolkit and their DD form to help get an understanding of what you need going into these meetings beforehand.

US-focused resources for female aspiring VCs:

Note, never agree to an internship where you have to pay the VC fund to do work for them. Most all VC funds charge the investors into their fund a 2% management fee that should cover the costs of an intern.

US-focused resources for female Founders:

DO NOT AGREE TO ANY SORT OF FEE-BASED CONSULTATION WITH A VC. If you are looking for an alternative to a VC that charges founders then it is recommended you look at a database such as OpenVC for alternatives.

International focused resources for female GPs

Please do your homework before approaching any of these resources to make sure that you are a good fit, because: you are more likely to get a positive response, you are more likely to get productive meetings, and you are more likely to advance in your fundraising. Read SBAI’s SPARK and ILPA’s Emerging Manager Toolkit and their DD form to help get an understanding of what you need going into these meetings beforehand.

International focused resources for aspiring female VCs

Note, never agree to an internship where you have to pay the VC fund to do work for them. Most all VC funds charge the investors into their fund a 2% management fee that should cover the costs of an intern.

International focused resources for female Founders

DO NOT AGREE TO ANY SORT OF FEE-BASED CONSULTATION WITH A VC. If you are looking for an alternative to a VC that charges founders then it is recommended you look at a database such as OpenVC for alternatives.

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Muieen Cader

Muieen Cader

I write about Venture Capital. Previous VC experience with Betatron. Advisor to startups (across the globe) and sailor.