1. Among the most successful companies, men start their businesses with six times as much capital as women do, according to the most recent National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) Annual Report.
2. One analysis by Quantopian hedge-fund researcher Karen Rubin showed that women CEOs outperform peers three to one in the S&P 500, further developing the conversation over women driving top financial returns.
3. Businesses with a woman on the executive team are more likely to have significantly higher valuations at Series A–as in, 64% higher.
4. Businesses with a woman on the executive team are more likely to have significantly higher valuations in their last funding round–49% higher.
5. 56% of the privately held companies in the U.S. are now at least half owned by women.
6. Financially, women entrepreneurs outperform everyone but blue chips over time. In the last couple decades, the growth in the number of women’s businesses (up 68%), employment (up 11%), and revenues (up 72%) blows past the growth rates of all but the largest publicly-traded businesses, and tops growth rates among all other privately-held businesses over this period.
7. Female-founded or co-founded “unicorn” companies, those with a billion or more in valuation, include Theranos, Eventbrite, SunRun, and Houzz.
8. The list of richest women entrepreneurs in the U.S. includes Diane Hendricks, owner and chairman of ABC Supply, a wholesale distributor of roofing, window, and siding materials in Beloit, Wisconsin; Forever 21’s Jin Sook Chang, worth $3.05 billion; Eren Ozmen, chair of Sierra Nevada, the biggest female-owned federal contractor in the U.S.; Pleasant Rowland, creator of American Girl dolls; and Martine Rothblatt, who founded and runs biotech company United Therapeutics.
9. Almost half-of female founders (48%) cite a lack of available mentors or advisers as holding them back.
Source: Contact for information