Highlights of the 17-page report show high marks in racial equity, gender equality, geographic equality and women on boards
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 1, 2020–
Over half of Valor’s portfolio firms have a female founder
Female-founded firms received 11.5% of venture capital in 2019. Valor’s portfolio includes female-led firms such as SmartCommerce, FundingU, Capway, Vital4 and Physician360.
Over 40% of Valor portfolio firms have a founder of color
According to Pitchbook, less than <1% of US Venture funds firms with a founder of color. Yet over the last decade, diverse founding teams have returned 30% more capital to investors than all-white teams. Valor is proud to back firms led by founders of color including LeaseQuery, The Gathering Spot, Candidly and Ecotext.
90% of Valor’s portfolio is the Southeast, which features the greatest density of founders of color. The Southeast receives less than 10% of venture capital dollars today, yet is home to 40% of the U.S. population, is the fastest-growing region in the country, and has the greatest regional density of Fortune 500 headquarters.
100% of the Valor-organized boards have at least one female board member.
Removing Structural Barriers to Equality
Through Valor’s nonprofit foundation, Startup Runway, almost 100 under-represented founders have been connected to first investors. With the support of underwriters including Cox Enterprises, American Family Institute, Slalom Consulting, and Write2Market, Startup Runway has grown into the largest investor introduction platform for underrepresented founders (women and people of color) in the country.
Download the 2020 Venture Capital Impact Report
The 17-page 2020 Venture Capital Impact Report details how Valor tracks these critical performance variables and activates its Inclusion Premium™ investing philosophy. Family offices, investment consultants and foundations are welcome to download the report from Valor’s web site.
About Valor Ventures
Founded in 2015 to pair premium venture capital returns with inclusion, Valor Ventures backs experienced founders solving big problems with software at the first professional round. We focus in the fastest-growing, largest region in the US, the Southeast, which features 40% of the U.S. population and the greatest density of under-represented founders. Our purpose is creating market-leading returns for our stakeholders. Our mission is making inclusion the new normal in venture capital. Find out more at valor.vc.
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