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Gender Smart Financing. Investing In and With Women: Opportunities for Europe

Year of Publication: 
2020
Author(s): 
Skonieczna Agnieszka
Castellano Letizia
Organization Name: 
European Commission Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs
Acronym: 
ECFIN
Publisher: 
European Union
City: 
Luxemburg
Full Date: 
24 July 2020
ISBN or ISSN: 
978-92-76-11197-9
Category: 
Reports
Theme: 
Subregion - European Union
Country - European Union
Business
Keyword(s): 
gender-smart financing
investment gap
diversity in business
women investors
gender gap
financing instruments
EU investment programme
economic growth
sustainability.
Abstract: 
Gender-diverse teams produce better results. However, women remain underrepresented when it comes to investment, both as beneficiaries of investment and as decision-makers. In 2018, over 90% of capital raised by tech companies backed by European venture capital (VC) went to teams that did not have a single female founder. This paper discusses the reasons behind the gender investment gap, with a focus on the lack of female investors. Women’s wealth is on the rise and women tend to invest in more long-term and impactful projects. Investing in and with women is thus an opportunity that Europe needs to seize for more sustainable and inclusive growth. InvestEU, the EU investment programme as of 2021, could act as a catalyst of these benefits by stimulating gender-smart financing, i.e. financing that funds, empowers and inspires female founders and investors.
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