Merian Ventures
 

We Fund Female Entrepreneurs

Merian Ventures capital fund focuses on women-led innovation in cyber, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), machine language (ML), and consumer-facing technologies.

 
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OUR THESIS

An unintentional familiarity bias in the venture capital industry creates opportunities for investors willing to back female founders.

 
 

the fact is...

Women-led businesses have been largely overlooked by the investment community.

 
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Proportion of US Venture Capital Invested in Women-led Startups

There is a male bias in venture fund backed companies. Venture capitalists invested $83.1 billion in companies with all-male founders or mixed-gender teams in 2017, a nearly 43% jump from the previous year. Meanwhile, investments in female entrepreneurs grew by 30% to $1.9 billion in VC money last year according to data from M&A, private equity and the venture capital database, PitchBook. This large disparity is due to both the differences in the number of deals and the average deal size by gender.

SOURCE: Fortune 2018

 
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Funding to Revenue Conversion

In a study by BCG, startups founded or co-founded by women garner less investment, but generate more revenue.

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SOURCE: BCG 2018

 
 

The Merian Difference

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LIMITED PARTNERS
Merian Ventures carefully cultivates relationships with mission-aligned investors who realize the economic opportunity provided by investing in female entrepreneurs.

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VC FOR WOMEN
By right-sizing our fund, Merian is able to write small enough checks to support our women-led startups in engineering, blockchain, AI, ML, and consumer-facing IoT technologies through their earliest stages, while having a large enough fund size to remain competitive mainstream VC funds, maintain our pro rata and go the distance with our growing portfolio companies

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STARTUP FOUNDERS
Merian funds diverse teams, which outperform homogeneous startups.

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STARTUP BOARDS
Armed with the knowledge that companies with women on their boards of directors perform better, we bring qualified, vetted, experienced female board members to the table.


Seed Investments in Female-Founded Startups

Startups with no founders in Crunchbase excluded

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Venture Investments in Female-Founded Startups

Startups with no founders in Crunchbase excluded

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Venture Funding Gap: Men vs. Women

Number of Venture Capital Deals by Gender (2006-2017)

Women-led companies made up 4.94% of all VC details in 2016 — the highest percentage in the past decade. While still a small number, it is a noticeable improvement from 10 years ago, when female founders were involved in just 2.95% of deals.

SOURCE: Pitchbook 2018

 
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female-led ecosystem

The destination of choice for exceptional women building innovative companies.

 
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Women entrepreneurs are responding to Merian’s message

Merian Ventures Pipeline by Sector (2017)

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Merian Ventures Pipeline by Region

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58%

US

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42%

UK