We don’t want to play that game anymore

Recently the news reported that 1% of venture capital is invested in (young) female founders. In 2019, the formulated goal was to invest 1/3 of investment capital in female founders. In reality, from that moment on only 0.6% less was invested. Where there was supposed to be an increase, the number only dropped.

Fortunately, the past does not guarantee the future.

Recently, I have formulated some plans at the request of people who are “on the money”. Money often comes from successes achieved in the past. Therefore, it often remains managed by parties who see more profit in the successes of the past, than in a future where progress can be shared.

Actually, I don’t write plans anymore. I have stopped believing in them for several reasons. A plan, as the lean starters are well aware, is a collection of assumptions that have been whipped up to satisfy the short-term needs of the past. Realistic plans, which is more of a female quality, are not eligible for funding. With a result that you, as an entrepreneur, can be more than satisfied with. You cannot make up for the losses of the entrepreneurs who promise too much.

In the future we will learn that the average return on a female dominated portfolio is higher than what is being made now. We have to ask ourselves whether that which is being made now is valuable. And perhaps more importantly we should ask ourselves: “Does it contribute to lasting progress?”

Capital is increasingly flowing to a shrinking top. A top that wishes to use their funds to benefit society. To come into contact with any of these funds, you will have to submit a plan, after which you will probably be told that although it is a good plan, it does not match the objectives of the organization.

How long will we continue to play by their rules? Research shows that more and more women dare to say out loud, “we don’t want to play that fucking game anymore!” Through this way, if you’ll have me, let me say that I am a man who wants to join.

We won’t play your game anymore.

<a href="https://startersstation.com/blogs/author/arthur/" target="_self">Arthur van de Graaf</a>

Arthur van de Graaf

Within Starters Station I support ambitious starters and concepts with potential to make lasting progress. I offer the space to start and remain authentic in your entrepreneurial journey.





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