Illinois serves as an example of how women can thrive as venture capitalists in the Midwest

Female representation in tech is low, and it’s not changing.

According to a recent survey of 1,045 startups conducted by Silicon Valley Bank, 57 percent of startups have no female executives, and 71 percent of startups have no female board members.

What’s interesting, though, is it’s not for lack of community support or inclusion programs. The same report shows that startups that have implemented inclusion programs increased from 25 percent to 41 percent over the past year, and my own research shows that organizations supporting diversity in tech are growing, especially in the Midwest.

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