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Findings based on a WA4E survey done by Business Angels Europe across 6 European countries, reaching out to 6000 women with 640 responses, show :
The women angel market lacks maturity with many women having made only a small number of investments – and only a small proportion of the women investors have an investment portfolio or track record.
Many women investors were not investing in syndicates, potentially reflecting a lack of opportunity to join women friendly groups, or the lack of understanding about the opportunity to invest in syndicates to mitigate risk and pool finance and skills
Key drivers for women to start angel investing include
Supporting entrepreneurs to grow their business, “putting something back” and supporting their local economy was regarded as the primary motivation for women to become angel investors – and this was more significant than making a financial return.
Keeping up to date with business and technological innovations and developments was also a strong motive for many women investors.
The opportunity of meeting like-minded people and making new friends and contacts within a network, making new social contacts and exchanging experience with their peers was also seen as important for many women.
Concerns and barriers to angel investing identified among the women respondents who were not investing
Women non-investors lacked understanding of the core process of angel investing and identified angel investing as risky.
Many women were unaware of tax breaks for risk mitigation.
Women thought that angel investing was only for the super-rich, with the belief that you have to commit very significant amounts of finance in each company.
Women lacked understanding of how to find and invest in quality deals.
Many women identified a lack of confidence in making a financial decision about making an investment in a small business.
Over half of the women non-investors felt that life stage and other family financial priorities as a major reason for non- engagement in angel investing, as well as a lack of time, rather than actual financial capacity.
The lack of access to angel groups or angel investors and the lack of visibility of this area of investing is seen as one of the main reasons why there are so few women angel investors compared to men.
Most of the women non-investors did not know any female peers or female role models who were angel investing.