Three years on since launch

Diversity VC website in 2017

What we have researched

As we first set out to mobilize the industry, no fact-base existed to highlight the degree of homogeneity that VC faced. Fast forward 3 years later and we have published a number of first-of-their-kind studies and partnered with several organisations to illustrate the state of the problem;

  1. Women in UK Venture Capital — the first study to highlight the stark lack of female decision makers in UK VC
  2. Female Founders in partnership with the British Business Bank the first study to highlight the funding gap between genders in the UK
  3. Diversity in US Startups in partnership with Ratemyinvestor — a study to highlight the lack of diversity in venture-backed US startups
  4. Inclusion in Tech in partnership with Atomico — a step-by-step guide for planning, deploying, monitoring and improving Diversity & Inclusion strategy in companies
  5. Diversity in UK Venture Capital 2019 — an in-depth look at diversity within UK venture across a broader set of metrics (including gender, ethnicity, education and career background)
  6. Venturing into Diversity & Inclusion 2019 — a study highlighting the practical steps that funds can take to promote diversity and inclusion within their teams and portfolio companies
(LHS) Women in UK Venture Capital report 2017. (RHS) Key findings from Female Founders report with the British Business bank
Findings from Diversity in UK VC 2019 — Underrepresentation of women in VC
Findings from Diversity in UK VC 2019 — Underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in London VC

What we have implemented

We have since launched Future VC, a first-of-its-kind internship programme, aimed at providing an unparalleled opportunity to traditionally overlooked candidates in gaining experience at leading funds in Europe. The inaugural year in 2019 welcomed 30 candidates, selected from 850 applicants, who benefited from a bespoke training programme and hands-on experience in funds such as Balderton, Atomico, Accel, Backstage Capital and more. Several of the future VCs are now working full time in venture for Tier One funds. Future VC 2020 is set to launch the second programme this June.

Future VC, 2019

Topics discussed in the training include:

Diversity VC New Year Celebration, January 2020

The industry is listening

From day one, we have been heartened by the reception that our work has received. Since our launch was covered by Business Insider and CityAM, and our first ever study garnered coverage in the Financial Times and BloombergTV, we have never looked back. Conversations with the BBC, Sunday Times, TechCrunch and many more have followed. Each time, we are overwhelmed with fantastic inbound and interest from funds and venture partners. As we are on a mission to make real change to the venture capital industry, it is phenomenal when we can see that the industry is ready to start meaningful conversations and wants to engage.

What’s next

We have learned a tremendous amount over the last 3 years, including the need to be data driven, build a team of trusted advisers and find people passionate about the cause. We have benefited from excellent partnerships, an incredible team of volunteers and have been extremely grateful for every ounce of support we have received. As for what’s next, we have big and bold plans that we are excited to share later this year.

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We are a non-profit partnership building a more diverse and inclusive Venture Capital industry www.diversity.vc

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We are a non-profit partnership building a more diverse and inclusive Venture Capital industry www.diversity.vc