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Manila Angel Investors Network encourages more funding for women entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs are underserved of investment opportunities, according to the latest “Gender Lens Investing Series – The Bottom Line: Why Investing in Women is Good Business” of the Manila Angel Investors Network, a private investors network.

“With less than 3% of the global venture capital funds going to women-led startups, there is an untapped investing opportunity for angel investors and venture capitalists,” said Tinna Di Cicco, chair of Gender Lens Investing Committee, MAIN. “We have to recognize that women-led startups can also deliver economic returns,” Di Cicco said.

Women-led startups are those with female founders or the leadership is comprised mostly of women.

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In the Philippines, only one out of four small and medium enterprises are owned by women, according to the report of MAIN’s partner, Investing in Women, an Australian Government initiative to catalyze women’s economic empowerment in Southeast Asia.

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“Investors are missing out on investible deals. Gender understanding leads to better investment decisions,” said Dr. Julia Newton-Howes, CEO of Investing in Women.

“Women account for half the suppliers, customers, and talent pool. Investing in women is not only good for business, but it is the right thing to do,” said Julia Abad, executive director of the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment.

In the current fiscal year, MAIN has invested 50% of its allotted capital in women-led startups. In the coming years, the network is seeking to invest more than half of its startup investment portfolio to women entrepreneurs.

“We actively seek out women-led startups and look at their business case, and provide them with coaching and guidance for their pitches. We have a mentoring team comprising MAIN’s business leaders from across various industries to help them gain more investment opportunities,” Di Cicco said.

Out of 117 high-net-worth members, MAIN has 22 women angel investors and 11 dedicated mentors. The network has so far invested in 10 women-led startups.

MAIN’s GLI Series is made possible in partnership with Investing in Women, which uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar through workplace gender equality, impact investment for SMEs and influencing gender norms to positively shift attitudes and practices to support women in the world of work.

MAIN encourages women-led and post-MVP startups looking for investment from MAIN to submit a pitch deck to for their Screening Committee’s review.