Only A Fraction Of U.S. IPOs Have Female Founders

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The Briefing

  • Over the last decade, over 2,000 companies have gone public in the U.S.—but only a fraction of these companies have been female-led
  • Since 2013, only 18 women have founded and led a company through to an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States

Only a Fraction of U.S. IPOs Have Female Founders

Last month, Bumble’s founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd became the youngest female CEO to take a company public in America.

Herd’s achievement generated a lot of buzz, and for good reason—since 2013, fewer than 1% of U.S. companies to go public have been female-led. In other words, Herde has hit a milestone that only about 18 other women in the U.S. have achieved in the last decade.

Using data from Insider, this graphic looks at the number of female-led IPOs in America since 2013.

A Decade of U.S. IPOs

In 2020, four women took their companies public. While that’s double the amount in 2019, it’s still only a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of companies that went public with male founders last year.

Year All Companies that went Public Companies with a Female Founder / CEO
2013 246 2
2014 309 2
2015 196 2
2016 125 3
2017 217 1
2018 259 2
2019 241 2
2020 442 4

Interestingly, three of the four companies in 2020 were in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries:

  • Annovis Bio Inc (ANVS), founded by Maria L. Maccecchini, develops drugs for neurodegeneration diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Ayala Pharmaceuticals (AYLA), founded by Roni Mamluk, is a clinical-stage oncology business focused on rare cancers
  • Athira Pharma (ATHA), founded by Leen Kawas, is a therapeutics company focused on Alzheimer’s disease
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