Female-focused Venture Capital Firms

1. Angel Academe

Angel Academe makes angel investing easy, fun and rewarding for women and men who want to be part of a diverse community and who would like to back ambitious tech startups with women in the founding team. Angel Academe helps top UK tech startups access the capital they need and the smartness women bring. 

2. Female Founders Fund

In 2014, the Female Founders Fund was created with the belief that women will build the companies of tomorrow. The early-stage fund invests in exceptional female talent with a wide range of seed venture capital, from Zola, the next generation of wedding registry – to Peanut, a local connection app for mothers.

3. January Ventures

January Ventures is an early stage venture fund, investing in visionary, female-led startups who are building the tech companies of tomorrow. They invest both in the US and the UK and Europe, in pre-seed and seed stage tech companies with founders of the future. 

4. Astia

Founded in Silicon Valley with now offices in the UK as well, Astia is transforming the way startups are funded nowadays, providing capital, connections and guidance that encourage the growth of innovative, women-led ventures around the globe.

5. BBG Ventures

BBG Ventures invests in a new wave of entrepreneurs who are reimagining daily life, creating market-defining products and services. This early-stage venture capital fund only invests in consumer-tech startups with a female founder.

6. Angel Investment Network – Female Founders

The Angel Investment Network’s goal is to join the dots woman-led and diversity-focused businesses that are looking for funds. Their investments usually range between £10,000 and £10,000,000 from a community interested in funding and supporting women-led businesses.

7. Voulez Vous

Voulez Capital is on a mission to fund female entrepreneurs, and help them build great companies. They provide seed and Series A capital to high-growth female-founded businesses and focus on creating an environment where founders are understood, supported and are able to thrive. 

Diversity-focused Venture Capital Firms

1. Diversity VC

Diversity VC is non-profit partnership network promoting diversity in Venture Capital. They believe that investment into companies with underrepresented founders will generate better decision making and higher returns. Technically Diversity VC is not a real VC, but they help minority founders get the funding they need and deserve and thereby create an industry free from bias.

2. Included VC

Included VC is a fellowship for individuals from diverse communities which are often overlooked or excluded. Included VC welcomes entrepreneurs from any background, geography, ethnicity, upbringing, or belief system, who are taking risks to solve big problems.

3. Ada Ventures

Ada Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in overlooked founders and markets. Their focus is to discover and build the possibility of these bold ideas and thereby, making venture capital easily accessible to incredible founders in Europe regardless of gender, race, or other factors.

4. Angel Investment Network – Impact

The Angel Investment Network’s goal is to join the dots woman-led and diversity-focused businesses that are looking for funds. Their investments usually range between £10,000 and £10,000,000 from a community interested in funding and supporting women-led businesses.

5. GOODsoil

GOODsoil is a VC based in London, that focuses on underrepresented founders in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa who may not have equal chances to access capital. They want to empower founders to grow and scale startups that have a positive impact on the world. This makes GOODsoil also an impact investor, also seeking out game-changing ideas with a positive societal or environmental impact. 

6. Kaleidoscope Investments

Ki invests, empowers and supports disabled people that have great ideas and helps them to launch their own businesses to become successful entrepreneurs, by providing on-going help, expertise and investment throughout the duration of the business life-cycle.

7. Gaingels

Gaingels have a London Group and global network via which they invest in promising European businesses with LGBT leadership, by which they hope to create and influence social change and impact that will last.

8. Impact X

Impact X was originally founded in the US, but they quickly realised investments into black founders are even less common in Europe, and so they decided to set up a firm in the UK as well. 

Impact X was founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe to make social change through impact investing. Their main focus is on Afro-Caribbean people who are looking for seed, series A or series B funding, with industries like entertainment, media, tech, health and digital.

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