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The first comprehensive study on women in venture capital and their impact on female founders | TechCrunch.

The CrunchBase Women in Venture report is the third study in our ongoing analysis of women and their participation in the startup ecosystem.

Previously we reported on the steady increase in the number of women founders and theuniversities that produce them. In this study, we looked at two new questions.

First, we set out to determine how many women are true investing partners at the leading venture and micro-venture firms. While everyone knows that the number of female investing partners is very limited, we aimed to establish a well-defined baseline against which to measure future progress.

Second, we wanted to explore which venture firms have the strongest track record of supporting startups with at least one female co-founder. In particular, we wanted to see if firms with female partners were any more likely than average to invest in female entrepreneurs. This is a less-well-explored area but one that CrunchBase is well-suited to address because of its efforts last year to sharpen its data on women co-founders and this year to do the same with data on female venture capitalists.

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