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i³ investing - EMEA Founder Survey! LGBTQ+ Founders are under-represented, under-estimated, under-funded... and under-reported.*
One of i³ investing's ambition is to ensure we have more data available on LGBTQ+ founders and their intersectional superpowers, particularly outside of the markets where they are already well-documented.

Based on US data, we understand there is a funding gap and not enough transparency in the industry. LGBTQ+ founded companies raised 11% less capital than their non-LGBTQ+ peers; and 70% of LBT women raised <$750K of outside capital vs. 47% of GBT men who raised $2M minimum - research from our friends at StartOut.

What about the U.K. and Europe? The rest of EMEA? The more data we collect, the more we collaborate on aggregating our insights, the better the result and advancement of our community.**

Thank you to Crunchbase for supporting our efforts with our Strategic Partnership across EMEA

This survey will cover the following for EMEA-based founders
1) Demographics of LGBTQ+ founders 
2) Experiences of LGBTQ+ founders 
3) Experiences of being an intersectional & LGBTQ+ founder
4) Self-evaluated empathy insights
5) Self-evaluated innovation & creativity insights

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*All data is aggregated, de-identified, and anonymised - entries will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

**We appreciate the sensitively in discussing, deliberating, and deducing questions & answers on intersectionality, we welcome your feedback to ensure we accurately represent our community.
To kick-off, we'd like to ask some questions about you and your startup so we can understand how intersectionality and different experiences vary across all industry verticals.
What are your preferred pronouns? (if you go by two or more, you may select all applicable options) *
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Where are you based? (town/city & country) *
Are you the sole founder? Do you have any co-founders?
Clear selection
What stage is your startup / venture at? *
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Are you currently raising? *
Which funding stage are you at? *
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If you have funding, how much capital have you currently raised? (Please convert to GBP)
Clear selection
Please share the source(s) of funding thus far. *
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What is your business model set-up? *
What is your average MRM? (please convert to GBP) *
Which sector(s) is your startup / venture focused on? *
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Which geographies do you operate in? (Select all that apply) *
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These questions will unpack your intersectionality to help us paint a richer picture of LGBTQ+ founders.
Do you identify as intersectional? (e.g. belonging to various underestimated / underrepresented communities) *
What is your gender identity? (we only separate 'cis' and 'trans' here for the means of data transparency, e.g. trans women are women) *
Do you identify as LGBTQ+? *
How would you describe your sexuality? *
Required
Which country were you born in? *
What is the highest level of education you have received? *
Did either of your parents attend university? *
Required
Do you consider yourself to have a disability? *
Do you identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour)? *
What is your ethnic background? (We are not satisfied with the depth or breadth of U.K. census data categories so have created a more robust list - these are still work in progress to ensure we are as intersectional and inclusive as possible) *
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This final section will help us understand your experiences as an LGBTQ+ founder.
Overall, how has your experience been as an LGBTQ+ founder? *
Negative
Positive
Are you open about your sexuality? *
Do you feel you have been treated differently to non-LGBTQ+ founders in the startup and venture space? *
Not at all / no difference
Very differently
How do you feel being open about your sexual identity has impacted your experience in the startup and venture space?
Negatively
Positively
Clear selection
Please share more colour on this and how it has impacted you. *
Are you open with your sexual identity to investors? *
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Have you ever experienced discrimination, hostility, or any uncomfortable engagements with investors due to your sexual identity? *
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How has your sexual identity impacted your ability to raise capital? *
Are you open about your gender identity? *
How do you feel being open about your gender identity has impacted your experience in the startup and venture space?
Negatively
Positively
Clear selection
Please share more colour on this and how it has impacted you. *
Are you open with your gender identity to investors? *
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Have you ever experienced discrimination, hostility, or any uncomfortable engagements with investors due to your gender identity? *
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How has your gender identity impacted your ability to raise capital? *
Do investors discuss intersectionality as an investment criteria when you disclose your sexual or gender identity? *
Do investors discuss DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) as an organisational or group policy when you disclose your sexual or gender identity? *
If you identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & Person of Colour), please answer the following questions.
As a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ person, do you feel you have experienced heightened discrimination? *
Do you feel that investors understand the potential additional barriers that being intersectional creates? (being BIPOC & LGBTQ+). *
We are conducting first-of-its-kind research unpacking the value of being intersectional and how this can make you a more successful founder. The following questions unpack this hypothesis.
Do you sense and feel for your peer’s problems and emotions? *
Do you take information from others while remaining nonjudgmental about the topic of discussion even if it is controversial or difficult? *
When delivering difficult feedback or news to someone that may upset them, I consider my wording/delivery before beginning the conversation. *
Do you find yourself able to predict the change of one’s state of mind by looking at his/ her gestures? *
I try to solve my own problems rather than discussing them with others. *
In a conversation, I tend to focus on my own thoughts rather than on what my listener might be thinking. *
I can usually appreciate the other person’s viewpoint, even if I don’t agree with it. *
 Seeing people cry doesn’t really upset me. *
I can easily tell if someone else is interested or bored with what I am saying. *
 I can tell if someone is masking their true emotion. *
During conversations, I find it easy to understand the other person's mood. *
I consistently come up with new and innovative ideas to solve problems. *
I am always looking for ways to innovate and improve our products or services. *
I am able to recognize and overcome barriers to innovation and creativity. *
I am easily able to experiment with new ideas and learn from failures. *
I am able to anticipate future trends and opportunities for innovation. *
Would you be willing to talk further about your experiences as an LGBTQ+ founder?  *
If you answered yes or maybe to the previous question, would you be willing to share any contact details for us to reach out and have a confidential conversation together?
Thank you!
For any questions, please don't hesitate to connect with us directly at hello@i3investing.com
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