As a key part of its diversity journey, Henley Business Angels seeks to launch the “Future Funders’ Forum”, aka “HBA f4“, an academy for new investors entering business angel investing, designed to increase the representation of women in venture capital.
Any sophisticated or high net worth investor considering becoming a business angel is welcome to join HBA f4, with places on the programme prioritised for women and underrepresented communities.
In the UK, less than 18% of angel investors are currently women, and less than 2% of business angel investments go into all-female founded companies. Henley Business Angels are proud that 26% of investments made by its members have been in female founders, and we are signatories of the Investing in Women Code, formalising our commitment to improving access to funding for female entrepreneurs within our network and across the angel investing system.
As part of this positive drive, Henley Business Angels is launching HBA f4 with the aim of increasing the number of women in its membership, ensuring equality in representation and greater opportunities for both funders and founders.
HBA f4 is a six month academy programme for new investors considering becoming business angels and investing in early-stage business. The world of angel investing can seem opaque and inaccessible, but by creating a vibrant and valuable network, with the support and resources to help demystify it, we hope to level the playing field, encouraging a more diverse community to confidently explore investing in startups. We hope that those female investors who join HBA through HBA f4 will engage with the ‘Women Backing Women’ campaign promoted by the UKBAA.