Women in alternatives
Harbour View Ballroom II & III, 4th Floor
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Venture capital landscapre in 2017?
Venture Capital continues to be fairly robust across the region. The returns generated have sparked interest from a new wave of LPs looking to gain exposure to the asset class. GPs have also evolved and are increasingly looking to provide operational expertise to start-ups and develop specific sector competencies. Once again the venture industry although slightly better than private equity continues to be sorely represented by women in investment roles and at partner level. Our panel explores the venture opportunity and some of the challenges it is facing in relation to women.
- - Apart from China, where in Asia are the most interesting opportunities for venture capital?
- - When and how should the industry be encouraging more women to look at venture capital as a career path? How do we build peer to peer support networks to support this?
- - Which sectors/parts of sectors are really delivering good deal sourcing opportunities? When putting together a diversified portfolio do firms actively look to have portfolio companies with women founders?
- - Does an unconscious bias mean it is harder for women founders to receive funding? Why is only 10% of venture capital funding going to women founders?
- - How does the venture capital industry deal with its negative public image in relation to women?
The private equity landscape and the roles woman play
While private equity managers have remained ahead of the curve by diversifying product offerings, increasing sector specialization, and delivering deeper value creation, one area that is not focused on for differentiation is increasing the numbers of women in the industry – especially as investment professionals. Even though there are a number of initiatives globally, penetration into the asset class remains low. Our diverse panel will showcase the different roles they play within their organisations and the opportunity set available.
- - Why do women continue to be under-represented at senior levels in the industry? Why is private equity a good career choice, and how do you mentor women at a junior level?
- - What kind of qualifications, skill sets and on the job experience do you need to become a leader in this field? How accessible are these opportunities to women?
- - Does a diverse team help with fundraising, deal sourcing, value creation, and delivering stellar returns?
- - Do funds promote gender diversity on portfolio company boards?
Close of summit
Wine tasting with Eddie McDougall, Founder, The Flying Winemaker