October 12, 2016 Forbes
by Geri Stengel @ventureneer
Read full article http://www.forbes.com/sites/geristengel/2016/10/12/which-candidate-will-grow-women-entrepreneurs-businesses
For those women who are fortunate enough to get VC funding, research finds https://hbr.org/2016/07/research-the-gender-gap-in-startup-success-disappears-when-women-fund-women if they only have male VC partners involved in their company, they are less likely to have a successful exit. For those companies that don’t receive venture capital, it’s a double whammy. They not only face the risk of not growing because they didn’t get an equity investment. They are less likely to get cheap debt as well. “Banks use venture funding as a signal of a company’s potential and an indicator of a company being de-risked,” says Sharon Vosmek, an economist and CEO of http://astia.org/ Astia ‒ a nonprofit that identifies and propels high-potential, women-led companies with expertise and money. Without that signal, women can’t access the inexpensive debt so critical to scaling a company.