Funding – All Stages

Here we include useful resources that are relevant for female entrepreneurs in all stages. These will help you understand the overall funding landscape as well as specific challenges for female entrepreneurs – and how to overcome them.

State of the Market

Some useful reports to help you understand the overall funding landscape, especially as it relates to female entrepreneurs
  • The Funding Gap: investors and female entrepreneurs – this UBS report looks at why there is a funding gap for female entrepreneurs and how to take action to address it. You can also listen to the interview in the Monocle covering the findings of this report here
  • 2021 Investment Landscape – an insightful article by Julia Elliott Brown, Founder and CEO of Enter The Arena, covering the progress achieved to date in improving funding for female entrepreneurs, and the outlook for 2021
  • Female Entrepreneurs Beauhurst report – the report assesses gender diversity across the UK’s high-growth ecosystem, highlighting key trends amongst, and disparities between, all-female, mixed-gender and all-male founding teams; from the funding they’ve received to the key support systems they’ve leveraged
  • ScaleUp Female Founder Index 2020 – annual report tracks female founded scale-ups and the funding they receive, highlighting trends

Meet Funders and Founders

Get to know the individual investors – they are more approachable than you may think! – and learn from fellow founders to help you learn from others’ experiences and achieve best results
  • Meet the Investors Series – meet the (mostly) female investors in start ups and scale ups, introduced via a short profile and Q&A, brought to you by Playfair Capital
  • Funding stories – a compilation of video podcasts by Enter the Arena which are sure to offer some lessons and inspiration

Female Founder Challenges & Strategies

Learn more about the specific challenges facing female founders looking for capital – and the strategies for overcoming them