Female angel investors are in the minority in Europe — at just 14% of the angel community in the UK, 9% in Spain and 5% in France — and that has a notable knock-on effect on the number of female founders raising early-stage funding.
It’s time that changed.
“There’s a correlation between the number of female angel investors and investment into female founders,” Sophia Bendz, a partner at venture capital fund Atomico and a prominent female angel investor, told Sifted. “If there’s a female investment partner at a VC firm — or a female angel involved — it creates positive momentum for women.”
In collaboration with women in tech community Femstreet, Sifted is building a list of female angel investors and syndicates in Europe. We have a fairly extensive list already, but we’d love to discover some smaller groups and lone ranger investors too.
With this list we hope to:
- raise the profile of female angels investing in Europe
- help female angels engage with and support one another
- make it easier for founders (especially female founders) to get in touch with relevant female angels
- demystify angel investing — and encourage more women to consider it