School of Business and Management Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management 189 Who Becomes Venture Capitalists? Supervisor: KWON Ohchan / ISOM Student: CHEN Ze Yu / ECOF LI Zixuan / FINA YANG Xixuan / OM YE Zijian / RMBI Course: UROP1000, Summer UROP1000, Summer UROP1000, Summer UROP1000, Summer When it comes to discovering and encouraging high-growth companies, venture capital (VC) is essential. However, the sector has come under fire for being overly controlled by white men, at least in the US. Imbalanced financing opportunities may result from the biased composition of venture capitalists. Despite the significance, we lack scientific knowledge of how and who becomes a venture investor. There is a claim that a gender disparity in entrepreneurship funding is a direct result of the gender disparity in early-stage investment. In this research project, we examine two associated questions to support this argument: (1) what variables affect the entry of highly skilled men and women into the venture capital industry, and (2) does knowing other female venture capitalists boost a female's probability of starting her own business. By constructing a comprehensive career history of MBA graduates from the Harvard Business School between 2000 and 2015, we would like to perform empirical investigations. This paper provides examples of the data collecting methodology, examines the current state of play, and outlines subsequent phases of. Who Becomes Venture Capitalists? Supervisor: KWON Ohchan / ISOM Student: DENG Xinyi / RMBI LAM An Yin Andrew / ECOF Course: UROP1100, Fall UROP1100, Fall There is an argument that gender imbalance in early-stage funding leads to gender imbalance in entrepreneurship. To inform this argument, in this research project we examine two related questions: (1) what factors determine highly qualified male and female professionals’ entry into the venture capital industry, and (2) whether having a social network with same-gender venture capitalists increase a female’s likelihood of pursuing entrepreneurship. We aim to conduct empirical studies by constructing detailed career history of MBA graduates from the Harvard Business School between 2000 and 2015. This report illustrates the data collection strategy, discusses the progress so far, and details the next steps.