Addressing inequalities and accelerating SDGs

Women’s Entrepreneur Acceleration Initiative

Village capital

Entrepreneurs are solving critical challenges affecting gender equality, such as financial inclusion and healthcare, that have only been exacerbated by Covid-19. Yet women entrepreneurs who have experienced such inequalities first-hand often do not receive the resources needed to scale their businesses and solutions. In emerging markets, women-led startups receive only 11% of seed funding and 5% of all later-stage funding. Village Capital, with support from the IFC, is developing specific strategies to catalyze investment into women-led ventures, improve the ecosystem, and close the gender financing gap.