Wherever you look the statistics are striking. The latest UK VC and female founders report from the British Business Bank published in February this year showed that 75 percent of pitches submitted to VC funds in the UK come from all-male founding teams and just four percent come from all-female founding teams. On top of that, for every £1 of VC investment, all-female founder teams get less than one pence.

The report, which was supported by Diversity VC and The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, also showed that only 36 percent of female founders have access to ‘warm introductions’, which are more likely to result in funding, against 42 percent of all-male teams.