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April 28, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Venture investments in women-founded start-ups declines more than all other categories in Q1

U.S. start-ups founded solely by women raised $1.47 billion of venture funding in the first three months of 2022, according to PitchBook data. That number represents a 34 percent decline in capital investment for female founders from the highs of Q4 2021.

For comparative purposes, overall U.S. venture funding declined 26 percent during the same period which, according to PitchBook, illustrates “a blow to late stage activity in a turbulent market, driving down deal sizes and valuations.”

On the deal count front, female founders recorded a seven percent dip to 243 in Q1, roughly in line with U.S. venture capital overall.

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