Venture capital - building up inclusive entrepreneurship in the region
There is now ample evidence to support the business case for increasing diversity in the venture capital industry. Across the region, particularly in Southeast Asia, we have witnessed increased efforts to improve DEI metrics, whether it be within VC firms or the entrepreneurs that they choose to back. As the VC ecosystem continues to evolve in the region, VCs must not only increase diversity within investment-decision making roles, but also continue to have explicit conversations with their portfolio companies and encourage the C-suite to look at DEI as a matter of strategic importance. Our panel of leading regional venture capitalists will highlight the steps they have taken to create a more inclusive and equitable playing field for the next generation of fund managers and discuss developments in the region.
- What are the initiatives firms have made to ensure that more capital is being committed towards female founders and diverse companies?
- Building diverse investment teams - what needs to be looked at beyond gender, and for the uninitiated, why is this so important?
- Inclusive entrepreneurship - what is the opportunity set like in Southeast Asia and beyond? What more can be done to encourage the next generation of female founders?
- What is the best way for VCs to have conversations with portfolio companies on issues regarding DEI?
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