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From Bias to Bonus: Overcoming the Funding Gap for Women Entrepreneurs

Jeff Pilisuk July 12, 2022

Women participating equally with men as entrepreneurs would boost the global economy by $2.5–$5 trillion, according to a 2019 BCG analysis. Forbes cites multiple studies showing that women-founded companies outperformed those founded by men, including delivering higher revenues, stronger growth, less employee turnover, and greater return on equity. Yet, women entrepreneurs have disproportionately greater difficulty accessing capital. Only 2.3% of venture funding went to women-led startups in 2020. Worldwide, the World Bank estimates that “women are left with $1.7 trillion of unmet credit demand.” Recent research by Santa Clara University professor and entrepreneur Maya Ackerman shows that bias plays an enormous role. So how do we move from bias to bonus for women entrepreneurs?



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Women’s Economic Empowerment, Women Founders, Gender Bias, Gender Lens Investing, Unconscious Bias

Purpose and Desired Outcome

In this dynamic and interactive session, we will: (1) explore the root causes, scope, and persistence of the funding gap; (2) collaborate to develop new ideas and solutions; (3) discuss whether social entrepreneurship and impact investing can lead the change; (4) build connections between organizations and individuals to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration


  • Entrepreneurs

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameBrigit Helms
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationMiller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMaya Ackerman
  • TitleAssistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Santa Clara University
  • OrganizationSanta Clara University
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameYvonne Otieno
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationMiyonga Fresh Greens
  • StatusInvited
  • NameSayuri Sharper
  • TitlePrinciple
  • OrganizationKSF Impact
  • StatusInvited
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