October 31st | Ritz Plenary A
Why now? Female founders received only 2.2% of venture capital funding in 2018. That’s less investment overall than many companies receive on their own. Overlooking female-led businesses isn’t just inequitable — it’s a missed business opportunity. Research shows that startups run by women outperform those run by men and Boston Consulting Group research showed recently that for every dollar of investment raised, female-led startups generated 78 cents in revenue compared to the 31 cents from male founders. Urgent questions? How can private investors and government leaders help close this investment gap — what programs, policies much be put in place? Key takeaways? This candid conversation explores how to examine investment opportunities through a gender lens and the long-term business value of supporting women led startups and companies.
Moderator: Fatima Daoui, Al Arabiya News Channel
Deema Al Yehia, Digital Transformation Advisor and Innovation Catalyst, KSA
Heather Henyon, Founding Partner, Mindshift Capital, United States
Shelly Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient, United States