Portfolia backs high opportunity companies with the right teams, the right products, at the right time for the most optimal returns. Thank you Fast Company for featuring 3 of our portfolio companies in your article on 'The most promising health and wellness trends for 2019'.
We are thrilled to be featured in MedTech Strategist in their Venture Capital Section on how Portfolia is activating a new source of investors.
“In focusing on underfunded sectors, particularly women’s health, Portfolia does have the opportunity to shape the healthcare landscape for women by helping innovative companies get the funding they need to get to market.“
For context, innovation in the health sciences happens everywhere. Yet, a distinct gap sits before our eyes. Investment firms avoid funding solutions to female health care issues. Run predominantly by men, the firms are ‘uncomfortable’ addressing such issues, even when they are likely to make exceptional returns on their investment.
“…A movement is happening to address this. Bands of women angel investment organizations are floating to help…Among these, Portfolia’s angels are most on a mission."
This angel network wants to mobilize 100,000 women investors: If Portfolia succeeds, it will funnel over $1 billion into startups that women care about by 2022.
"Melinda Gates has been making headlines by investing in female-founded venture capital firms. She’s addressing the lack of money for female founders by putting her money where her mouth is. If you’re an accredited investor, you can, too.
Venture funds with women as decision-making partners are far more likely to invest in women-led companies, and businesses founded by women delivered higher revenue — more than twice as much per dollar invested — than those founded by men, making women-owned companies better investments for financial backers. Portfolia funds provide diversification and have six noteworthy features...."
The reality is that men all too often invest in entrepreneurs that look just like them. And why is that important? Because women see market opportunities that men pass by. To open up new markets, bring out new products and get strong companies off the ground, we need more women...
Portfolia Funds, innovative venture investing platform, just announced the launch of its sixth fund. The Portfolia FemTech Fund will invest exclusively in emerging technologies, products and services focused on improving women's health and wellness.
Frost and Sullivan recently published a report stating that FemTech will be a $50 billion market by 2025. Spurred on by rapid innovation in the health space, a positive regulatory environment and the fact that women now control 80% of healthcare decisions in the U.S. household, FemTech is predicted to be the next big disruptor in the global healthcare market. While the benefits of FemTech are widely recognized, the market is still at an early stage.
Portfolia, which was founded to help women learn to become angel investors, announced its first exit, OtoSense, in May. It returned more than 2x to investors, but the investment is just two years old. OtoSense applies artificial intelligence to the analysis of sound. It has applications in home health care -- is that a baby crying or just someone yelling? -- but also in manufacturing, where it can help determine if a machine needs some type of repair or upkeep.
Each of Portfolia's funds concentrates on a specific sector, and can accommodate a maximum of 99 investors. They invest in "areas where we know women are the buyers, even within corporate," says Trish Costello, the founder of Portfolia, which she says "almost always" backs gender-balanced teams.
Portfolia, Inc., an investment organization largely comprised of women, received important news at its investor summit in Boston last month: its first exit. OtoSense, which Portfolia invested in two years ago, was acquired by Analog Devices.
“We popped open some champagne,” Portfolia Founder and CEO Trish Costello tells Women’s PE Briefs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Trish said Portfolia generated nearly 2.5-times its money on the exit. Based in Palo Alto, OtoSense is a developer of sound recognition software that turns sounds and vibrations into actionable meaning.
For the past 10 years, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has honored a class of influential businesswomen in our area.
We culled through almost 300 nominations to finalize this list of 100 influential women. Nonprofits, startups, manufacturing, aviation, legal, finance and even plastic surgery are represented this year. All of the women have made an impact at work and in their communities.
Silicon Valley may consider itself at the forefront of innovation and social causes, but it can be an insular place.
A general absence of women in positions of power at tech companies and venture-capital firms reflect the young-boy network that has reigned for decades. The cabal just doesn’t just look alike but thinks similarly – down to their left-of-center views and taste in music.
“The venture world needs to be disrupted,” says Trish Costello, Chief Executive Officer of Portfolia, an equity crowdfunding platform that focuses on building a community of women-led companies and investors.
The total number of women VCs precipitously dropped by 40% between 1999 and 2013, according to Diana Report Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capitalby Babson. No surprise that the percentage of women getting venture capital didn’t improve much in the years that followed. Women-led companies received 13% of capital in 2013 and 14% in 2017*. They accounted for 16% of deals in 2013 and 17% in 2017*, according to Pitchbook. Women CEOs received 9% of capital in 2013 and 7% in 2017*, as well as 9% of deals in 2013 and 9% in 2017.During the past few years, women started taking things into their own hands by starting their own funds. Some specifically invest with a gender lens.
Half-hearted decency pledges, unkept promises to implement gender bias training, vague commitments to become more accessible, with so much noise and so little action, it’s hard to stay optimistic about the state of venture capital. As an industry, it’s clear that we need proactive investors who are not only willing to lead the charge, but also to recruit peers to change the ratio of female investors and investments in female entrepreneurs. Participation must include all levels of VCs, from early stage scouts and micro funds to larger late stage funds.
This summer’s avalanche of sexual harassment scandals at Uber and several prominent American venture capital firms have made front-page news around the globe. Unfortunately, for women in other countries, the story is also the same. In late July, the board of Kenyan software company Ushahidi fired Daudi Were, executive director, after an investigation of sexual harassment by a former employee. She published details online, recounting the disturbing impact of his actions. Eleven other women experienced similar incidents.
Access to capital is unmistakably powerful. Trish Costello, founder of Portfolia, a crowdfunding website that aims to create a new class of women investors, said that, “The goal is to design spaces that work for women in terms of investment vehicles. Men say that there are no female VCs and that is why there is a leaky pipeline, but that simply is not true.”
When it comes to financing business growth, the stats are grim: “Women raise 50% less capital than men do,” explained Geri Stengel, president and founder of digital media and market-research agency Ventureneer and a Forbes columnist whose writing focuses on successful female entrepreneurs, during a breakout session, “And, often, capital means success.” Venture capital firms, in particular, have long been overwhelmingly averse to funding female-run enterprises, “and I don’t see a trend line for any significant change,” added Trish Costello, CEO and founder of Portfolia, a platform designed to help women invest in entrepreneurial enterprises.
Other investing platforms, such as Portfolia..., are specifically recruiting women to be investors. There are two reasons for that. One, they want to train more women to have experience backing early-stage companies, in hopes that those women will invest in other women. But they also expect that the social networks of nascent women investors will be used to support those companies.
Frustrated, in 2013, Costello left Kauffman to start Portfolia. Instead of trying to convert women into career investors, she's working to persuade them to make investing a serious sideline. Rather than restrict participation to the well-connected or seriously wealthy, anyone who plunks down $10,000 in a Portfolia fund--each of which invests in six to eight female-run companies--immediately becomes a Portfolia LP (limited partner). LPs get a front-row seat to the entire funding process: They can watch the entrepreneurs pitch online, ask founders questions, and talk to the fund leads about deal terms and due diligence.
What are the next innovations for online platforms for accredited investors? Some of the biggest financial innovators are leading the “accredited platforms” that have taken angel investing and venture capital to the internet. Getting online was only the first innovation. Last year AngelList received a $400 million investment from Chinese investors, creating the largest ever international seed fund and providing new funding opportunities for Chinese startups. Onevest launched 1000 Angels, creating the “world’s largest digital-first, invitation-only investor network.” OurCrowd brought a new level of marketing expertise to connect investors and startups throughout the U.S., Israel, and beyond. And Portfolia brought together women investing in women – including a new way to educate new women angels through the Rising Tide Fund. These are just a few of the many new ideas in this sector. I’m expecting many innovations in 2016 from this clever group of leaders.
According to a recent U.S. Senate report, women business owners receive just 4% of the total value of small business loans and only 7% of venture capital funding. Fundraising can be an ordeal for any small business or startup founder. But it’s no secret that female founders face an especially steep climb.
It’s no secret that women-owned businesses can’t get funding.
The statistics paint a clear and discouraging picture. Between 1997 and 2013, the number of women-owned establishments grew 1.5 times more than the national average (68% versus 47%, respectively) and women-led, venture-backed companies bring in 12% more revenue than male-led companies, according to research from Babson College. Despite this, only 2.7% of all venture-backed companies have a woman CEO. That’s 183 out of 6,517 companies or $1.5 billion out of the $50.8 billion invested between 2011 and 2013.