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Women in Technology 2019 | Silicon Valley Bank

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While Silicon Valley Bank's annual report finds that there is some progress, a lack of gender parity persists.

Just 56 per cent of startups have at least one woman in an executive position, and only 40 per cent have at least one woman on the board of directors. They surveyed tech and healthcare executives and founders in the US, the UK, China and Canada.

They also find that 59 per cent of startups have some type of program in place designed to increase the number of women in leadership — and that the founding team’s gender often determines which executive roles women hold at startups.

Since 2014, Silicon Valley Bank has produced the Women in Technology Leadership report as part of our annual Startup Outlook series of reports. Read the 2019 Startup Outlook Reports to learn more about US, UK, China and Canadian startups’ views on business conditions, hiring, raising money and more.

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Erin Platts

Erin Platts | Silicon Valley Bank

I have been with SVB serving the innovation ecosystem since 2004. I was initially based in the US where I was covering early and growth stage tech companies but moved to the UK market in 2007. My current role is Head of European Relationship Banking and member of the UK leadership team driving the strategic direction of SVB throughout Europe, including setting and delivering the relationship and sales plan for the Bank, driving the strategic and financial goals of the teams (Early Stage Banking, VC-backed companies, Corporate clients, Buy-out portfolio, Client Acquisition & VC Relationship Management, Product, Sales support, and Healthcare & Life Sciences), as well as establishing and maintaining strong relationships with companies and their investors.

My time is now divided between strategic planning and growing SVB's presence in Europe, spending time in the market connecting with and adding value to our clients and investor contacts, events and speaking engagements aimed at bringing together the sector, and team management/leadership.

Given SVB's remit my entire career has been focused on working with technology companies and investors at every stage of growth.