Zash Ventures is committed to bridging the gap between investors and early stage startups by blending foundation capital together with advisory to streamline the pathway for success.

In line with Zash’s commitment to mobilise foundation capital and help streamline the startup culture in Australia, we are proud to have launched Shepreneur. A dedicated foundation capital firm striving to work collaboratively within the startup community in order to correct the abhorrent figure of just 2.3% of total global capital raised flowing on to female founders.

Whilst there are some organisations already working toward bridging the gap and making a difference, we believe the more the merrier and the faster we can really make a difference.  So whilst we can’t do it alone, we can certainly do it together and working collaboratively with our partners and others in the ecosystem really is the key to the pathway for success.

Our Mission:

“The VC industry has historically been a boys’ club. Women have been underrepresented on both sides of the table as investors and as company founders. Considering that women make up half of the world’s population and an even larger percentage of buying power, this underrepresentation is a problem not only for talented female entrepreneurs, but also for an industry that relies on scalable ideas to reach its potential.”

Shepreneur is, quite simply, on a mission to change the staggering facts. We are implicitly driven to create a community where female founders and female led ventures are embraced and nurtured. Not only via the investors who believe in them but within the entire ecosystem at large. Be it domain experts, investors, mentors, other communities, peers, allies, referral partners, advisors, and supportive men. We understand our role is to create a village where values align and support comes naturally in any form required and that, is exactly what we have set out to do.

“Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela

……….Are you ready to change the world with us?

The facts.

  • As figures from 2020 have been tallied: there has been a substantial drop in venture capital funding for women-led startups. This wasn’t just part of an overall decrease in VC funding. In 2019, 2.8% of funding went to women-led startups; in 2020, that fell to 2.3%,
  • Only about 12% of decision makers at VC firms are women, and most firms still don’t have a single female partner, according to an analysis last year. Of all partners at these firms, only 2.4% are female founding partners — who, as Fast Company notes, “control an outsize proportion of a firm’s investment decisions.”
  • When women venture capitalists do make the decisions, they’re twice as likely to invest in female founding teams.
  • When women-led startups do get funded, they’re more likely to be successful. They “ultimately deliver higher revenue — more than twice as much per dollar invested,” a Boston Consulting Group analysis found.
  • The $147 billion raised in 2018 by All-Male Founding Teams exceeds the amount of VC dollars put into Female Founding Teams for the last 19 years combined.
  • Women VC partners lead twice the number of Seed and Series A investments in Female Founding Teams. And that is key—female VCs are giving women-led companies a chance early in the startup journey.
  • Female-founded startups take substantially less time to exit than the broader market, a rarely noted trend that indicates a key metric of success. Time is money in the private market, and quicker exits positively affect investment fund returns.

The next steps

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