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.

Highlights

Unlocking the American Dream

Case argues there is a tremendous opportunity to seize by expanding access to capital by investing in women and entrepreneurs of color and sets forward a clarion call for all to join in on building an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem…

Gender and Venture Capital Decision-Making: The Effects of Technical Background and Social Capital on Entrepreneurial Evaluations

This study from the Harvard Kennedy School explores the interaction of having a technical background with gender biases in performance evaluations of male and female entrepreneurs and their proposed ventures through an experimental design.

Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay

In today’s workplace, blatant discrimination has mostly been relegated to the dustbin of America’s past. However, in this book Freada Kapor Klein shows how even well-intentioned people can harbor unconscious biases that perpetuate stereotypes. Each year more than two million professionals and managers leave their jobs, pushed out from the pressure of small comments, whispered […]

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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.