Female Leadership in Venture Capital

December 13, 2023

In this episode of The Alternative Edge podcast, Weaver investigates the experiences and impacts of female participation and leadership in venture capital. Sindhu Rajesh and Sonali Vijayavargiya discuss women’s transformative role in the investment landscape and how this demographic drives efficiency, productivity and sustainability in foundational industries.

Key Points:

  • There is a critical need for diversity of thought in venture capital.
  • Female fund managers face a myriad of challenges, including access to capital and the undeniable pay/wealth disparity.
  • Studies show that female representation leads to economic growth, suggesting the need for demographic engagement.


This episode features a candid conversation between Sindhu Rajesh, audit partner at Weaver, and Sonali Vijayavargiya, general partner of Augment Ventures, highlighting the untapped potential of women in venture capital. Despite representing only 4.9% of VC managers, female leaders deliver twice the revenue per investment compared to their male counterparts.

“You need diversity of thought. You need to get individuals to bring their lived experience into these startups and really create a solution that is meaningful and impactful,” Sonali shares.

This episode is not only a testament to the strides made by women in venture capital but also an urgent call to address the persistent challenges they face, including the critical gap in access to capital and societal burdens.

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