Human Capital

Advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive ecosystem

The future of the venture capital industry depends on its investments into itself, today.

Venture Forward is committed to helping the VC community become the best version of itself, by helping firms build strong, healthy cultures and values; lowering barriers to entry for historically underrepresented groups; and expanding opportunities for newcomers to thrive.

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VentureNext

VentureNext is a professional peer group of rising venture capital investors who work with, manage, and run venture capital investment funds.Our members are based across the country and united by an interest in investing in Midwestern companies. VentureNext members get access to monthly deal-flow calls, exclusive networking events, educational resources, and mentorship. Learn more at […]

Institutional Investors Must Help Close the Race and Gender Gaps in Venture Capital

In this HBR article by Ilene H. Lang and Reggie Van Lee, the authors discuss the role of institutional investors in addressing the race and gender gaps in their investment portfolios.

Recruiting for diversity in VC (TechCrunch)

In this TechCrunch article, Dan Miller outlines common pitfalls he sees in talent searches with VC firms in particular, as well as some thoughts on how firms can improve their hiring processes, in order to work toward having more diverse representation within their investing teams.

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8,400+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2018 to build and growth their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

Approx. 1,000

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $360 billion to put to work in startups.

10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.