The Burgeoning Women’s Economy: The Size of Things to Come
It’s time to pay serious attention to women’s wallets and wants. Referred to as the “SheEconomy” in some circles, womens’ influence rapidly continues to grow. Consider their growing purchasing power:
- Women’s economic buying power has grown from $18 trillion in 2014 to a forecast of $24 trillion in 2020. Compare this to China’s GDP of $16 trillion for 2020 or to United State’s $22 trillion GDP for 2020.
- Women-owned businesses registered worldwide represent 40% all businesses today;
- 37% of high net worth individuals globally are women, totaling nearly 20% of total wealth;
- Women in Africa make up 70% of the agricultural production workforce;
- 80% of household health care spending is done by women; and
- Women are 90% of primary health care decision makers for families and key influencers for friends.
- As of January 2017, there were 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.—which employed nearly nine million people and generated more than $1.7 trillion in revenue. In fact, these accounted for almost 40 percent of all U.S. businesses. A quarter of these are service providers.
- The growth trajectory of woman-owned businesses during the past two decade rates well over double that of businesses in general. That equates to adding 849 new woman-owned businesses every day.
With this growth in spending power, women are making a major impact on what they want to see in the world. The largest impact is the attention to health solutions, especially for heretofore unaddressed women’s health issues. The bursts in research, products and services to solve women’s health issues are the work of a fast-growing FEMTECH industry. This includes devices, products, software, platforms and services — and any combination of these technologies –that address women’s health and wellness concerns throughout their lives. The range is wide, including: disease detection, reproductive health, cancers, general health, pregnancy care, and healthy, active aging.
The innovation is focused on solving problems in promising ways. Some ideas are new and others are based on reimagining better solutions to traditional products in the market today. Examples of issues addressed are:
|Early detection for ovarian cancer||NVision Medical||Surbhi Sarna|
|Protection from anemia, ovarian and endometrial cancer||Pandia Health||Dr. Sophia Yen|
|Replacing radiation exposure from mammograms with saliva tests to assess cancer biomarkers||Stealth mode|
|Award-winning bioelectronic treatment for sinus congestion to replace medication||Tivic Health||Jennifer Ernst|
|Early digestive health of babies and toddler with new research-based diet changes to vegetable-based food||Fresh Bellies||Saskia Sorrosa|
|Early detection of seizures||Eysz||Dr. Rachael Kuperman|
|Affordable subscription plans for IVF and egg freezing with on-demand medical concierge care support||Future Family||Claire Tomkins|
This FEMTECH market is under watch as the next big disruptor, projected to be a $50 billion dollar industry by 2025*.
This growth from $42.35 million in 2018 to a forecast of $50 billion in 2025 is fueled by newly emerging global investments, comprised in part for new female entrants into investment communities.
Investor funds with a growth in focus on this include Astia, which both invests and mentors CEOs in these emerging businesses. It’s investment fund both invites and engages women investors as well as supports them with investment education and skills. Astarte Ventures is the first venture fund dedicated exclusively to health and wellbeing of women and children, with a primary focus on early intervention and prevention measures. Managing partner, Tracy Warren, notes: “Our investment strategy has a clear core: Women ages 25-65 with discretionary income are not just investors. They are the influencers and customers of health- related decisions and care.”
Trish Costello, CEO of Portfolia, established this investment fund designed for women to back innovative companies for both returns and impact on priorities women hold. She notes: “If women want specific companies in the world that address their needs, the only way to do that is for women to become the investors.”
Start-ups raised more than $1.1 billion to help improve women’s health issues as of 2017 and the investments continue to grow consistently.
The potential of this market is dramatic. As women are both consumers and investors in solutions that meet their needs, this will be an important industry to support for time to come. These emerging companies need top talent and professional services to help them improve the quality of life for people in the world. We support clients in this industry to ensure they grow and reach their goals.
Our observation is: women mean business. We are excited by the innovation and promise of these dedicated entrepreneurs and we aim to support them with finding talent, financial advice and professional services as they bring impactful, valuable solutions to market. We aim to support each client with a vision to make a meaningful difference. As Helle Chr Nissen-Lie, our client and Acting CEO at Day One Baby notes: “We are thankful for the work Cfos2go has done for our finance and accounting and the contributions made to help form and organize our teams.”
We welcome any executive in this emerging industry to meet with us to discuss how we can help.
Data Source: Frost and Sullivan
Donna Hamlin co-leads the Strategic Services Practice Group, working with clients in all industries to facilitate their strategic planning and business performance improvement. With more than 35 years of experience in strategy, change management and human performance improvement, she works with clients ranging from Fortune 500 global enterprises to start-up companies spanning more than 40 countries.