New Pinkubator will accelerate women-focused start-ups

Women Rising Cindy Whitehead made waves and faced challenges in marketing the Pink Pill, a female sex-drive drug, as founder and CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals. Her new company, the Pink Ceiling, is launching the Pinkubator to mentor and seed women-focused start-ups in a male-dominated venture capital world. The Pinkubator has already registered seven companies at

Growth of private equity in Africa boosts mid-size companies

Women Rising Roughly 200 private equity firms manage $30 billion in assets in Africa, up from next to none 20 years ago. Half of that capital was raised and invested in the past five years. Compared to PE in the US and Europe, however, where large deals and creative financial modeling and engineering dominates, the

After the Women’s March: Make the Most of Where You Shop, Save and Invest

We marched. We came together in cities across the globe to protest the inauguration of a president who does not embody the values we espouse. So many of us marched, it was the largest recorded protest in U.S. history. There were so many thoughtful messages and humorous signs, and many different issues to embrace and hold

Give me your tired, your poor, your…women

Women Rising Women make up just under half of global emigrants, but may have a larger social and economic impact than men. Women remit more of their income home, and model improved gender dynamics in their home countries. Overcoming higher barriers to emigration than men may also be a marker of their potential, which suggests

Give me your tired, your poor, your…women

Women make up just under half of global emigrants, but may have a larger social and economic impact than men. Women remit more of their income home, and model improved gender dynamics in their home countries. Overcoming higher barriers to emigration than men may also be a marker of their potential, which suggests “host” countries

A Male VC’s Perspective on Gender Lens Investing: Not Just Another Pretty Face

Mark Danchak and Anna Kanner co-founded Carbon6 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Westport, Conn., in 2013. We visited Danchak at Macchiato, an upscale espresso bar in mid-town Manhattan, to get one man’s view of gender-lens investing. “Honestly, I just think of it as investing,” he says. Danchak doesn’t specifically pursue investments through a gender

Which Comes First, System-Change or Financial Returns from Gender Lens Investing?

Something’s gotta give. By 2025, two-thirds of private wealth will be in female hands. Yet, today, only 10 percent of venture capital financing goes to women.  What gives, or rather, who? I’ve been all over this week’s SOCAP conference rounding up views on gender lens investing. On the second morning of the conference, Criterion Institute’s Joy Anderson highlighted