New government taskforce launched to support female entrepreneurs

A new government taskforce has been launched to help boost women starting fast-growing companies.

The ‘Taskforce on Women-Led High-Growth Enterprises’ will support women entrepreneurs, tackle investing barriers, and increase the number of women-led fast-growing businesses.

Launching today (27 May), the taskforce will use its convening power to influence high growth investors, the wider business community, and to raise the aspirations of the next generation of female entrepreneurs, especially looking to encourage women based outside of the capital.

Only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is a woman

Currently only one in three UK entrepreneurs is a woman – a gender gap equivalent to 1.1 million missing businesses, and male-led SMEs are five times more likely to scale up to £1 million turnover than female-led SMEs.

Members of the taskforce, launched by Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss and chaired by, Anne Boden, CEO and founder, Starling Bank, will use their combined expertise and connections to work collaboratively with organisations across the UK to support the Government’s overall target of increasing the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030 (equivalent to nearly 600,000 female entrepreneurs) with a particular focus on driving change in the area of growth capital.

The taskforce will build on the work of the Rose Review, which found that breaking down the barriers for women entrepreneurs could boost the economy by £250bn. While there is encouraging evidence of a pipeline of innovative woman-led start-ups, more help is needed in supporting women in high-growth business.

Taskforce members include June Angelides MBE, Investment Manager, Samos & CEO and Founder, Mums in Tech; Poppy Gustafsson OBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Darktrace; Sam Smith, Founder and CEO, finnCAP Group Plc; Emma Sinclair MBE, Co-Founder and CEO, EnterpriseAlumni; and Deepali Nangia, Partner, Speedinvest and Co-Founder, Alma Angerls.

This country can only grasp its full potential by ensuring everyone, regardless of their background or where they live, has the opportunity to succeed.

We want women to be at the heart of the recovery effort, and we’ll do that by helping more women start a business, by getting them into higher paid work, by focusing on skills.

Liz TrussMinister for Women and Equalities

More women than ever are starting new businesses and many of them are scaling-up their companies. The Taskforce aims to give women entrepreneurs the tools to take their businesses to the next level: access to finance and growth capital, technology adoption and leadership skills.

“The Taskforce’s work will provide a blueprint for all entrepreneurs to follow.

Anne BodenCEO and Founder, Starling Bank
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