IDC European Woman in Venture Capital

EUROPEAN WOMEN IN VC IDC #EUR148997722 © IDC 2022 106 CATHERINE DUPÉRÉ Partner, Isomer Capital  As LPs we have the power to drive positive change in the VC industry by allocating capital to diverse teams. This calls for self-awareness and a shared commitment to improve gender balance. When we invest in VC funds, we scrutinise team composition and dynamics. We expect to see fair practices evidenced in DEI and ESG policies — and most importantly, confirmed by founder references. But we also need to examine our own teams and processes, from hiring, deal sourcing and relationship building to decision making. Are we giving everyone an equal chance? Do we ask important and consistent questions to prospective and portfolio investments? Are we leading by example? How can we do better?