SXSW 2020

DYI: Women Starting their Own VC Funds


It’s well known that female founders face discrimination raising venture capital funding (raising only 2.2 percent of all VC funding in 2018). What’s worse, only 8% of the top 100 venture capital firms have women partners. Women are choosing to break out of firms that are male-dominated and start raising their own funds, so they have power. When more women are on the other side of the table, yielding all the power and influence, more female-founders will get their shot. However, female venture capitalists face tremendous obstacles when starting their own funds. Jessica Peltz Zatulove and Kimmy Paluch discuss their experience raising money and offer insight to those looking to jump into the arena; moderated by Sarah Koch from the Case Foundation.

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  1. What are the barriers that women face when starting their own VC firm?
  2. How does this trend impact female founders and the startup ecosystem?
  3. Is it more important for women to start their own firm or gain more power at established firms?



Jenn Roche, Program Associate, The Case Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startups
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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