Asia PE-VC Summit 2017 to put the VC monoculture under the scanner

The recent spate of sexual harassment allegations have put the focus squarely on diversity, or the lack thereof, in the venture capital world. The gender imbalance is visible on both sides of the negotiating table. About 94 per cent of VC partners are men and 97.7 per cent of VC-backed companies have male CEOs.

A recent study published by Harvard Business Review showed that the large gender gap in venture capital funding could partly be explained by the difference in questions VCs pose to male and female entrepreneurs. The study found male entrepreneurs were typically asked by VCs about growth while their female counterparts fielded queries focused on risk, contributing to gender disparity in funding.

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