[American Banker] Most Influential Women in Fintech
Influence in the fintech sector takes many forms. There are the entrepreneurs who work long hours to build businesses, create jobs and develop innovative products that help people. There are the venture capitalists who take a chance on these founders with fresh ideas and give them the funding to keep going. There are industry organizers who get everyone on the same page on important matters such as industry self-regulation. And there are consultants and lawyers who help the industry get past all the obstacles that arise.
American Banker's inaugural Most Influential Women in Fintech honors women in all these categories. Why just women? Because the numbers are still dismal for women in fintech. Female-founded startups raised 1.9% of all venture capital funds in 2022, a drop from 2021, according to Pitchbook. Industry observers estimate that female-led startups in the fintech sector received about half of that. By recognizing the outstanding female leaders, we aim to highlight the contributions they are making alongside their male colleagues and allies.