Are female entrepreneurs getting the cold shoulder from investors

Figures show that record numbers of women are taking the leap and starting their own businesses. The proportion of companies started by young women is growing faster than any other age group.

Unfortunately, despite a growing number of female founders, female founders are still being snubbed by investors.

New figures show progress towards investment equality between male and female entrepreneurs, but there’s still a way to go.

New research suggests that more and more small businesses are being turned down for traditional business financing.
A study from alternative investment company Amicus found that one in six (16%) of small businesses had been rejected by a mainstream lender like a high street bank, and many of them were turning to alternative routes of funding instead.
But what alternative routes are available, and what types of business are they viable for? We’ve identified four of the most promising types of alternative funding and evaluated them below.

Xero has secured backing from a major technology investor from the US
Editor | 21 April 2017
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Xero, the cloud based accounting package of choice for SME’s, has secured backing from a major technology investor from the US

A $26m dollar investment has bought them a 1.3% stake in the company.

The investment is significant because it represents a growth area over in New Zealand where Xero are based which is attracting a lot of investment.