Beauhurst: Funding statistics for UK female entrepreneurs


UK Business Angels Association

08 March 2019

Over the course of the past eight years female entrepreneurs have made significant inroads into raising equity finance, a world that has traditionally been – and remains to be – dominated by men. The overall trajectory of funding into businesses with at least one female founder since 2011 remains positive, but progress is slow and inconsistent. 2018 has been a mixed bag, with a decrease in the percentage of deals going in to these companies, but a record high for the average deal size secured by women entrepreneurs.

In total, £570m was invested across 254 deals into female-founded companies in 2018, down from £650m across 304 deals in 2017. As we’ve seen in previous stories in The Deal, there was a slump in both size and number of equity investments across the market in 2018, but male-founded companies only saw a 6% decrease in deal numbers, compared to 15% for female entrepreneurs. Only 16% of 2018’s equity deals went into female-founded companies, compared to 18% in 2016.

But women saw less of a decline in investment amounts, with a 12% decrease, compared to the 17% decrease experienced by men. Female entrepreneurs secured an 8% share of the amount of equity invested, down from 13% in 2015 and 2016, but on par with 2017. Most encouragingly, average deal size hit a new record, increasing from £2.22m to £2.33m in 2018. Of course, this still far below that for male-founded companies, who achieved an average deal size of £5.43m.

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