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Proud Ventures are a collective of LGBTQ+ venture capitalists and angel investors based in the UK. Founded in 2020, Proud Ventures seeks to create a community for LGBTQ+ investors, support founders from the LGBTQ+ community, and encourage greater diversity in venture capitalism.

They are committed to building the UK's most active community of LGBTQ+ venture capitalists and angel investors with three key objectives; to grow their community of LGBTQ+ Founders and Investors, to produce actionable research, and to connect LGBTQ+ founders to UK's leading investors. We aim to support and help accelerate the positive impact Proud Ventures is making.

In February 2023, we hosted the launch event for the Founder Report, produced by Proud Ventures. The report highlights some of the additional challenges that LGBTQ+ founders face in raising venture capital in the UK. It also reveals, for the first time, the extent to which LGBTQ+ founders conceal their identity from investors, which segments within the LGBTQ+ community face the most barriers to growth, and why 80% of investors are not taking action to support LGBTQ+ founders.

Like Proud Ventures, we believe that everyone should have the freedom to be open about who they are at work. 

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