Nearly 40% of VC-backed startups in Chicago are founded by women or someone identifying as nonbinary or other gender, according to a new report, which outpaces the national average of just 28%.

The report, published by Chicago Blend, an organization that aims to measure and increase diversity at Chicago VC firms and startups, found that 39% of venture-backed companies in Chicago have at least one founder identifying as woman, nonbinary or other gender. That’s up from 31% in 2020.

The report also…

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