Gender disparities still persist within the fundraising system, with women-led companies only accounting for a small portion of deal flow and overall volume invested. In this series of articles, we will highlight the challenges, biases, and opportunities facing female social entrepreneurs around the world. Here, Alexandra Smith, Co-Founder & Partner, Futureplus and The Sustainability Group, shares her experience and advice.
The first Meaningful Business member workshop of 2022 brought together social entrepreneurs from 12 countries for an interactive discussion led by two experienced impact investors; Konstantin Hapkemeyer, Investment Manager, Seedstars and Stacey Fruitman, Founder & CEO, Style with Substance Ventures. Focusing on fundraising strategies - including what to look for in an investor, how to approach them and what a good pitch deck looks like- this was the first in a series of activities designed to help impact entrepreneurs become investor ready. Below are some key takeaways from the conversation: