Female-led teams in the Dutch startup ecosystem: A 2020 analysis

Back in 2019, an important initiative began in the Netherlands, called #FundRight. They are aiming to ensure a more diverse tech ecosystem, at both VC level and portfolio company level. Committed investors pledge to have “a significant percentage of the companies in which they (co)invest, must be (co)founded by a woman” and that 35% of the management teams of their portfolio companies are female.

To achieve this by 2023 they tend to change human behaviour towards the way investors source their deals, companies hire people and discuss gender diversity issues.

So how’s it going with that ambition? To track the progress in achieving the goal of gender diversity, we at Golden Egg Check did a little research on female presence in the top management of companies that were venture capital-funded in 2020.

Read all about in our new blogpost by Anna: https://medium.com/golden-egg-check/female-led-teams-in-the-dutch-startup-ecosystem-a-2020-analysis-a994afb51ca3

This is what gender diversity in the Dutch startup ecosystem looks like

Last year, some Dutch VCs launched a ‘diversity statement’, called #FundRight. The aim of this movement is to bridge the gender funding gap and achieving a divers startup ecosystem.

And it was badly needed; 13% of funding rounds in 2018 went to mixed- and female-founded startups, yet they received only 3.5% of the funding, according to TechLeap’s Gender Diversity Report.

No measurable progress in bridging the gender funding gap

Since we collected data about venture capital investments in Dutch startups anyway, we thought it would be a relatively minor effort to see if we could already see some improvements. How are the VCs doing in terms of reaching their own gender diversity goals?

Well, it’s still “om te janken”.

Read about it on our blog: https://medium.com/golden-egg-check/this-is-what-gender-diversity-in-the-dutch-startup-ecosystem-looks-like-cc4667aa11fa