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73% of VC deals made last year had no women in the founding teams*

And for every £1 of venture capital investment in the UK, all-female founder teams received less than 2p…

Data such as this only confirms what many of us already know to be true – there is gaping chasm in the volume and value of investment that is secured by female-led businesses, compared with male-led businesses.

We cannot fix the problem alone, but as a signatory of the Investing in Women Code, we can do all that we can to help – starting with this collection of resources that we hope will be useful, if you are starting out on your fundraising journey.

See full list of resources below…

45% of our people are female

62.5% of our senior management team is female

160 One of the 160-strong signatories of the Investing in Women code


Members network focused on supporting women in business and their careers.


Facebook programme to support women-owned enterprises to enter the digital economy.


Female founders network.

British Association of Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial network specifically for women with capital at risk.

Female Entrepreneurs Association

Global communities for female entrepreneurs.

Female Founders Rise

Growth resources and community.

Female Techpreneur

Growth resources and community.

Fund her North

Collective of more than 28 women with combined investment power more than £450 million in the North.


Online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information.


Facebook programme to support women owned enterprises to enter the digital economy.


App based resource for women to connect and support each other through education, mentorship, events etc.

The Women’s Chapter

Networking and event platform for women.

Women in Business

Membership network for business women who own SME businesses, are self-employed or work as professional service providers.

Angel investment:

Alma Angels

Community of investors that have pledged to invest in female-founded startups.

Angel investment:

Angel Academe

Investment into female-founded tech startups.

Angel investment:

Inclusive Angels

Syndicate of angel investors from diverse background.

Angel investment:

Investing Women

Female-led angel investment syndicate.

Angel investment:

peanut StartHer

A micro fund investing in women and underrepresented founders of all ages, life stages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.

Venture capital:

Fund F

European Venture Fund that backs gender-diverse founder teams.

Enter The Arena

Support for female founders in pre-raise and investment.

Federation of Small Businesses

Providing support to small businesses including advice, financial expertise…


Support underrepresented entrepreneurs to develop the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to launch and grow a business.

Invest in Women Hub

Run by the Council for Investing in Female Entrepreneurs (CIFE) to provide funding and business education and support

Scale up Institute

Provides details of ambassadors and programmes to support scale-ups.


UK focused advice and resource platform for starting a business.

For female-led brands:

Buy Women Built

Supporting female founded businesses and Showcasing Female built brands.

For women in tech:

Girls Who Code

Organisation working to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science.

For women in tech:

Women in Tech

Open platform that accelerates opportunities for women in the tech industry.

Think tanks and forums:

Fund F

European Venture Fund that backs gender-diverse founder teams.

Think tanks and forums:

Female Founders Forum

Forum to encourage, support and promote female entrepreneurship.