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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The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact

In this post from the First Round Review, the team at LifeLabs helpfully distills inclusive leadership into its four most essential habits.

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Paradigm is a consulting firm that designs data-driven strategies, implements programs with impact, and trains employees and leaders for success. While Venture Forward does not endorse commercial products, Paradigm produces a great deal of research, resources and events that they make available to the public for free.   Paradigm Events: Learn about the latest diversity, […]

Allyship In Action: How to Support Black Colleagues Right Now

Paradigm has put together an excellent list of resources to support anyone seeking to educate themselves about racial injustice.

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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.