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The first European Women in VC summit, the first step in a long climb towards equity


Some the hottest women in venture capital traveled to Paris this week for the first-ever Women in VC Summit, European edition.

The event, hosted by investors Sophie Winwood, Ruth Foxe Blader and Clarisse Lam, brought together the best minds to discuss creating a more inclusive and equitable venture capital landscape. The conference was open only to those who identified as women, and panels included topics such as the role of LPs in diversifying technology, the search for the next unicorn founded by women, and the inspiration for more female fund managers.

Winwood, Blader and Lam were inspired to create the conference after growing tired of the paltry funding and few opportunities given to women in Europe. In 2021, 1.1% of all VCs in Europe were awarded to companies founded by women. While this number is down from the 2.4% raised in 2020, it is on par with what was raised in 2017, 2018 and 2019, which saw women receive 1.5%, 1.8, respectively. % and 1.5% of all venture capital.

Diversity conferences like these are quite common in the US, but not at all in Europe. Women in VC Summit: Europe is staggering in the breadth of its vision: through sunset parties, wine talks and hours of networking, women from across the continent have come together to impregnate, once and for all, the concrete ceiling that holds them.

The event will end today with a happy hour called “ally drinks”, where men will finally be allowed to enter the room. It’s a subtle nod to the knowledge that change is a group effort and that those with power are responsible for how they wield it.


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