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UKBAA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” is the theme of International Women’s Day 2022, which has never been more fitting when looking at the early-stage investment ecosystem. Whether the focus is on women entrepreneurs unlocking investment to grow their businesses, or it is on women investors accessing vital support and resources to continue their investment journey – creating sustainable change ensures that the future investment ecosystem is one that has equal access and opportunity for all.

Over the past several years, UKBAA has proudly advocated for women in all roles within the investment landscape and continues to take steps to ensure women entrepreneurs, angels, and early-stage investors are given the tools needed to tip the scales towards equality and inclusion. This year on International Women’s Day, we are proud to celebrate the groups and organisations within the early-stage investment landscape putting intentions for equality into action and taking significant steps to create sustainable and lasting change.

“Change begins with a commitment to being part of a solution, and a big part of tackling the challenge of gender equality in investment is identifying where hurdles are for women and how best to remove them.”

Change begins with a commitment to being part of a solution, and a big part of tackling the challenge of gender equality in investment is identifying where hurdles are for women and how best to remove them. Starting with data, investors across the country have committed to the Investing in Women Code – a pledge to support the growth of women founders across the UK by improving access to tools, resources, and finance. This pledge starts with the leading angel groups, VC funds and financial institutions standing behind women entrepreneurs, which in the case of The Code, asks signatories to provide gender-based data on all in-bound deal flow for annual reporting, improving internal practices to be more inclusive and gender parity aware, as well as advocating for women entrepreneurs and committing to being part of the growth of women-led businesses. 

UKBAA is proud to be a founding signatory of the Investing in Women Code, and as such, are thrilled to celebrate its angel group members who have taken on such a valuable commitment to women in entrepreneurship:

Investing in Women Code Angel Group Signatories:

For the full list of signatories, see here.

“Angels bring not only equity funding, but vital access to business experience, strategic advice, contacts, and links to support.”

We know that angel investment is the most significant source of early-stage capital for high-growth potential businesses. Angels bring not only equity funding, but vital access to business experience, strategic advice, contacts, and links to support. Alongside angels, groups working to support women founders play a key role in the much-needed early incubation stage and preparation for fundraising and accessing investment. Across the UK we are seeing more and more investment groups and organisations taking strides to advocate for women investors and founders alike. From angel groups formed with an ethos of backing only women-led teams to groups formed to build a community of women investors, as well as programmes designed specifically to foster growth for women founders, important changes are happening across the UK, and we’re thrilled to see it.

Groups and organisations in addition to the Investing in Women Code signatories backing women entrepreneurs and investors:

The list above is also inclusive of those noted as signatories of the Investing in Women Code.

The UKBAA are committed to improving the gender imbalance in our ecosystem and are dedicated to recognising those making meaningful change. Throughout the year, we celebrate women leaders in our ongoing events, at the policy level, in our published reports, and through the boards that we sit on and the steering groups we are part of. With that, we are always open to partnerships and to understand how we can better support your efforts in creating a sustainable and inclusive investment landscape and welcome invitations to collaborate.

For useful resources and publications advocating for women in the investment landscape, see below:

 

By UKBAA08 Mar 2022