The ascent of women-founded venture-backed startups in the United States
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The U.S. venture capital industry, and the high-tech startups supported by it, have a well-known gender gap. In 2017, 16 percent of the nearly $83 billion invested in U.S. venture-backed startups went to companies with at least one female founder, and just 2.5 percent went to startups with all-female founders. Meanwhile, an estimated 9 percent of general partners (the people making investment decisions) at leading U.S. venture capital firms are women.