Catalyst

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with proven, action-oriented research, tools, and solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.

Opportunities for Engagement

VC Firms
Catalyst is supported by more than 800 organizations around the world that collectively employ millions of people. We achieve our mission by partnering with our supporters to make positive change in their organizations. We provide learning programs and platforms to:

  • Diagnose barriers and help build inclusive cultures.
  • Develop and deliver effective programs to reduce workplace barriers for women.
  • Help companies advance women at every stage of their careers into leadership.
  • Advise organizations on building robust and diverse boards.
  • Give companies and CEOs the trusted advice and expertise they need to drive workplace talent transformations in complex, global businesses.

Men in VC
Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) is committed to achieving workplace equality through effective gender partnership. Gender inequality negatively impacts the success of organizations, men’s relationships with colleagues, the time men spend with their families, and even men’s personal health. This is why men must be part of the solution. MARC’s suite of programming brings thought leaders together to create deeper engagement. In everything we do, from our online community, to our premier workshops, to our grassroots teams, we seek to foster effective partnership between genders and create in-person connections to support direct actions and solutions.

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PitchBook

PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people.

While PitchBook is a commercial platform, they provide a substantial number of free resources on their website, including valuable industry data, reports and analysis, and educational materials:

PitchBook also partners with NVCA to produce the Venture Monitor, a free report (and accompanying data pack) that provides a complete look at venture capital activity, reporting on fundraising, investments, exits and other relevant industry analysis in one comprehensive report each quarter:

Disclosure: PitchBook is the official data provider of NVCA. More details on the partnership can be found here.

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#OpenLP

#OpenLP is an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. Supported by Sapphire Partners, #OpenLP serves as a resource for the venture community to hear from a diverse group of investors in venture funds (LPs).

By aggregating articles, podcasts and videos from LPs, #OpenLP aims to help entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, LPs and other stakeholders develop and share greater understanding of the technology startup ecosystem.

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SVB State of the Markets: Q1 2020

As we embark upon a new decade, it’s worth looking back over the past ten years to see how far we’ve come. Coming out of the Global Financial Crisis, fundraising and investment have exceeded prior peaks, and venture has globalized rapidly. We’re now seeing important shifts in the ecosystem, which have rippled from rising benchmarks and a renewed focus on profitability. Without question, some right-sizing is needed. Fortunately, there is no shortage of strong companies to face these challenges. A receptive public market has kept the IPO window open, and our outlook on exits remains positive barring a broader economic downturn. Given all of the above, we have reason to be optimistic.

SVB 2020 Startup Outlook Report

For SVB’s 11th annual Startup Outlook Report, we asked founders and executives in the US, the UK, China and Canada to share their perspectives on the year ahead. Every industry today is touched by innovation in one way or another, creating job growth, new markets and long-term opportunity.

Startups are in a positive mood at the start of 2020. But the findings also underscore challenges around raising capital, finding talent and building
more-diverse leadership teams.

Fairview Capital 2019 Market Review of Woman and Minority-Owned Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms

This 2019 report by Fairview Capital examines the state of woman and minority-owned private equity and venture capital firms.

The universe of woman and minority-owned private equity and venture capital firms closed out the decade with another record year of growth.  At nearly 400 firms, this group is larger than ever, and 2019 marked yet another record number of firms raising capital, with nearly 200 funds in market. With this growth has come increased complexity as market dynamics have resulted in new firm formation in often-overlooked areas of the private markets.

Woman and minority-owned firms remain well positioned to succeed, in part due to this differentiation. Despite the growing opportunity set, institutional investors remain slow to invest capital with diverse firms, due to a number of factors, including continued misconceptions, biases and lack of information. A deliberate, programmatic approach remains one of the best ways to invest successfully with diverse managers.

SVB Healthcare Investments & Exits Report

What’s driving innovation in life science and healthcare? SVB is committed to serving the ecosystem by providing industry-leading reports featuring proprietary analysis and targeted outlooks to help companies and investors achieve their goals. Twice a year we publish deep-dive analyses describing fundraising, investment, M&A and IPO activity of private, venture-backed biopharma, medical device and diagnostic/tools companies. Our deep relationships with top life science and healthcare entrepreneurs and investors inform our insights and give us a vantage point unlike any other bank.

Table Stakes | Highlighting and shifting the equity gap

Only 1 in 3 people in venture-backed companies is a woman, and women are granted less equity on average. Read the 2019 study using anonymized Carta data to learn what’s behind the gender equity gap.

First Round – State of Startups 2019

What started as an experiment in 2015 has since become a treasured tradition at First Round. First Round’s State of Startups is now the industry’s largest dataset on what it’s like to run a startup with 3,600+ submissions and 190,000+ data points.

In the fifth edition of this survey, First Round expanded the scope of our survey to cover not just founders but startup employees as well. Where do the founder and employee perspectives diverge and align? Where are leaders making progress — and where are founders falling short? With 950 total submissions, it’s the most detailed look yet into the challenges of operating a startup, plus new perspectives on the truth behind Glassdoor reviews, compensation packages, remote work and more.

VCs, Founders, and the Performance Gender Gap

In this paper, Dr. Raina compares the gender gap in performance between startups initially financed by syndicates led by VCs with only male GPs and startups financed by syndicates led by VCs with female GPs.

The author finds a much larger performance gap among startups financed by syndicates with only male lead GPs and shows that this disparity is driven by differences in VCs’ ability to evaluate female-led startups. The author’s findings imply that VCs contribute to the performance gender gap in startups.