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Seeking Alpha in Women-run Ventures

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October 23, 2014

When an executive working at a Fortune 1000 company hits the wall in their career, they can take a step out and start their own company.  Now it may get a bit easier for female executives who hit the glass ceiling, that is,  if Hypatia Capital Group is an indication of a new trend in PE. The boutique investment bank & PE transaction sponsor is carving a niche with a dealsourcing strategy that focuses on the top female executives of the Fortune 1000 and the middle market. Hypatia’s founder Patricia Lizarraga told Private Equity Beat upon the launch of a new USD 100 mn fundraising effort (marketed amongst HNWs) that she did not think her fund’s investment strategy is “exclusionary”, she just believes that “there is alpha in backing businesses with more diverse Leadership”. Hypatia’s managing directors and legal counsels have all had careers in investment banking. Hypatia runs CEO Roadmap seminars in NYC and provides assistance to C-level executives, including helping them find businesses to acquire. Is this a trend? Well, there is at least one other VC actively seeking female founders. Norwest Venture Partners, also in the US, runs networking events on both coasts, and we’ve written about some others here.

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