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Founder Report

The first data set on UK LGBTQ+ founders and VCs. Ever.
Original research incepted, designed & powered by Proud Ventures.
Anonymous stories shared by LGBTQ+ founders.
5 actionable recommendations for every investor.
4 themes of data findings.

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LGBTQ+ Founders and Investors are concealing their identities

75% of LGBTQ+ founders reported concealing at points their identity from investors.

Research is clear that concealment for LGBTQ+ people leads to negative health and cognitive impacts.

Investors are widely overlooking LGBTQ+ founders.

Just ⅓ of investors who said they were taking action to support 'diverse' founders were doing anything to support LGBTQ+ founders.

In addition to this inactivity, a few founders shared shocking examples of direct queerphobia and discrimination they faced as part of their fundraising process.

LGBTQ+ founders face additional barriers to raising capital, especially women*, gender and ethnic minorities

Our data showed that gay founders raised 2.25x more than bisexual and 22x more than lesbian founders and cis men founders raised 2.5x more than cis women founders and 10x more than trans founders.

Our data also showed positive and negative correlations for sexual and gender minorities in terms of capital raised by how open they are about their identity.

The LGBTQ+ community is diverse and varied, with many different experiences.

Our data showed significant differences in experiences between founders who were gender and sexual minorities, as well as those who are part of other minority groups.

When engaging with the LGBTQ+ community, people should keep an open mind that it is not a monolith with a single shared experience.

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Frequently asked questions

Do my designs need to be in Figma, Adobe or Sketch?

No, we also accept other forms of designs including video files and images.

How long will it take to build my website on Webflow?

Most website builds take 2-4 weeks to complete. Some websites may take longer depending on the size of the website and the responsiveness of clients.

Why do I need Relume, can’t I build the Webflow website myself?

A platform and CMS like Webflow is only as good as it's implementation. That's why it's important to hire an expert, like Relume, to help build the core of your Webflow website, so that if you choose to be hands on, you can build upon a strong foundation.

Can I host my Webflow website anywhere?

We highly recommend that you host your website through Webflow's AWS system if you wish to gain access to all the powerful CMS and hosting features that Webflow has to offer. All hosting plans include automatic backups, version control, SEO management, new features as they are released, and security updates. Hosting your website on Webflow removes the requirement for monthly maintenance retainers that are usually associated with platforms such as Wordpress.

How do you deal with transitions and animations from our provided designs?

We're able to suggest and create options from the provided designs. Before we go live, you'll be able to review on the staging site.

Can you help improve my design?

Yes, we're more than happy to discuss custom options if you want us to make any adjustments to your current design.

Do I need to provide you with mobile and tablet designs?

No, we're able to design for mobile and tablet based off your desktop design. However, if you wish to provide your own designs for mobile and tablet then that's fine too.

Do you offer any support?

Yes. We offer support for the duration of 30 days post launch, so that if you have any questions, we're there to help.

Do you offer Webflow training?

Yes. We provide our clients with a library of personalised tutorials on how to use your new website so that you are well equipped to take full control and ownership of your website.

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