When it comes to investment, we’ve encountered outdated attitudes. We’ve built a passionate community of Angel investors, as at the start, VCs weren’t willing to take a chance on two girls who had no background in the condom industry whatsoever. We don’t fit the typical founder stereotype, we don’t work in trendy tech industries and as a woman from a Bangladeshi Muslim background, I find myself challenging preconceptions every single day. I’ve encountered assumptions that I don’t understand how valuation works, despite my background in investment banking, and even a sexual proposition in a pitch. It all just makes us more determined to find our people who get us and what we’re building – and we’re lucky to have some incredible backers, both male and female.
More new all-women-led companies were started in the last 12 months than ever before – and with the right support and access to funding, we could all add £250bn to the economy. Supporting female founders can also have a really positive impact societally, as the more we showcase and spotlight a more inclusive view of entrepreneurship, the more we’ll inspire the next generation.