Power Imbalances in VC Fundraising

Invest for Impact
2/22/19, 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM (EET)
Superhero stage

Venture capital is often criticized for the severe power imbalances that taint relations between investors and entrepreneurs. But why do these power imbalances exist? How are they stunting innovation? And how can we challenge them?
This session will:

  • Characterize dynamics that feed the intense power imbalances in venture capital worldwide
  • Detail the rise of a widespread social movement called #MovingForward, which has been endorsed by major U.S. venture capital firms like a16z, Sequoia, Greylock, Benchmark, Accel, and Softbank, and that will launch in Europe in March 2019.
  • Outline concrete tactics for making venture capital more inclusive and equitable from the investor, entrepreneur, and broader tech industry perspectives.