The NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey was designed to capture critical data on the workforce at venture capital (VC) firms, develop a baseline understanding of demographics within the VC industry, and uncover the current state of diversity and inclusion (D&I) across the industry.
The survey is intended to be an educational resource for venture capital firms to understand how to expand the diversity of their teams and portfolio companies. The first two surveys were conducted in 2016 and 2018. Results from the 2020 edition will be released in fall 2020.
About the NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey, Second Edition (2018):
The NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey, second edition, is the latest installment of an ongoing survey series that assesses the state of talent management, with a special focus on D&I, in the US VC industry. Results from the second edition were benchmarked against baseline findings from the first edition, which was originally conducted in 2016. The survey, conducted in 2018, requested firm demographic information (e.g., investment stage focus) and demographic information for each employee (e.g., gender and race). Additionally, the survey asked firms to provide information regarding firm talent management practices and diversity and inclusion programs.
Although there have been other assessments of diversity in the VC industry, this survey provides a unique perspective. Unlike other research efforts in this area, it gathers data from VC firms of all types and sizes, examines diversity for a variety of groups across all types of positions, and assesses firm talent management strategies.
The second edition of the survey collected information from 203 VC firms, representing an aggregate total of $149.4 billion in assets, on their talent management practices and on the demographics of more than 2,700 employees.
Our findings indicate that firms have the power to change the diversity story. Click the launch button to see the dashboard and begin exploring.
In addition to the dashboard, NVCA and the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion developed a written report to dive deeper into the numbers and draw out key insights on what steps can be taken to create a more inclusive venture capital industry.