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Clarendon calls for other NI investors to sign up to Investing in Women Code

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Clarendon Fund Managers becomes the first NI organisation to sign up to the Investing in Women Code and is now urging other Northern Ireland-based investors to join them in committing to support female founders.

CFM-logo-colour2Northern Ireland investors must commit to doing more to support female led businesses and encourage entrepreneurship among women if they want to ensure there is a strong pipeline of innovative, scalable businesses emerging into the local start-up scene, according to one leading Belfast fund manager.

Clarendon Fund Managers is the first local fund manager to sign up to the Investing in Women Code and is now urging other Northern Ireland-based investors to join them in committing to support female founders.

The initiative, which is overseen by HM Treasury, involves over 130 institutions across the UK with an investing power of nearly £1 trillion who have made a commitment to improving female entrepreneurs’ access to tools, resources and finance.

Clarendon, which manages the £50m CoFund NI and runs the angel investment network HBAN in Northern Ireland, has seen an increase in the number of female-led businesses pitching for and winning investment.

In the portfolio of 86 companies which have received investment through Co-Fund NI, 16 are led by women (19%) and female founded businesses have received a total of £4.65m in funding, 14% of the total £33.6m invested. In 2021, eight of the 26 companies which received funding (31%) were female founded businesses and they accounted for £1.25m, or 24% of the total £5.1m invested.

download (3)Of the 69 companies which pitched at HBAN events since 2019, 14 have been female led (20%) and companies with female founders account for 12 of the 54 companies that received investment from the network’s business angels (22%). To date 90% of the female led companies to pitch for investment have been successful, compared with 78% led by men. Female founded businesses account for £1.8m of the total £10.4m in angel investment raised through HBAN Ulster since 2019.

Claudine Owens, from Clarendon FM, says that while those figures are above UK averages, investors in NI need to keep being proactive in encouraging female entrepreneurs.

“Four of the six companies pitching at last week’s HBAN business angel event were led by women and in fact in the previous two events at least half of the teams pitching included female founders or co-founders. We’ve been delighted to see a number of businesses with women at the helm securing significant investment from business angels over the past two years, including the likes of The Blinky Company, Gray’s Clip, Esther, Sustain IQ and Easihale,” Claudine said.

“However, it’s important that we maintain this momentum and continue to give an underrepresented group of entrepreneurs access to investors, experience of pitching for investment and guidance on what funders are looking for before making an offer. We would love to see the other investors in Northern Ireland and Ireland committing to the same goals by signing up to the Investing in Women Code too.”


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Published on: 4th April 2022

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