In 2017, a question came up at a founder's dinner:

"As an entrepreneur, if I experience harassment or discrimination, where do I report it and how will I be protected?"

While employees are protected by anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws, founders do not fall under the category of "employee" when fundraising from an investor. This puts founders in a legally vulnerable position if they experience any form of harassment / discrimination from investors during fundraising.

That year, four entrepreneurs came together to solve this issue. In 2018, #MovingForward was born with 39 pioneering VC firms publishing their anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies on our website. Many of these firms had not written such policies prior to our movement.

#MovingForward is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing transparency and accountability of venture capital firms and angel investors around harassment and discrimination. We have worked to foster a community of investors who are committed to moving this industry forward by publishing external anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies that apply to founders and other third parties, as well as contacts for reporting incidents.

#MovingForward is:

A resource to help founders:

  • Understand their rights and options when faced with harassment and discrimination during the fundraising process
  • Access firm-specific reporting contacts and tools

A resource to guide investors:

  • Who are interested in developing inclusive, equitable and anti-harassment policies for anyone associated with their firms
  • Who are interested in setting up fair and objective reporting systems

#MovingForward is not:

  • A resource for employees experiencing harassment and discrimination within their companies
  • A consultancy for diversity and inclusion more broadly

We operate on the passion and drive of our volunteers to push this industry forward.

Amandine Flachs Outreach - Europe
Amy Grouse Founder resources
Andy Coravos Advisor & Co-founder
Anjani Vedula Outreach - US
Billie Solomon Policy
Cheryl Sew Hoy Advisor & Co-founder
Clara Zou Founder resources
Eitan Wolf Policy
Emiko Tsutsumi Founder resources
Elissa Estopinal Outreach - US
Gabe Shahbazian Technology
Ginny Fahs Executive Director & Co-founder
Harriet Wright Outreach - Europe
Katharine Jiang Chief of Staff
Rachel Chiu Head of Policy
Rosie Allott Outreach - Europe
Scarlett Dockery Outreach - Europe
Tracy Chou Advisor & Co-founder
Our Work
For Founders

We are dedicated to protecting and supporting founders. You can find our published guides and resources to educate founders on their rights and options below.

Founder Resources


In 2018, we launched an open source directory of diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment commitments with 39 venture capital firms including 500 Startups, Greylock, Benchmark, Accel, and Andreessen Horowitz, among others. The directory has grown to include policies from 175 firms spanning 24 countries and 5 continents as of October 2020.

View Our Directory


Having an anti-harassment / discrimination policy is a crucial first step for investors. Once this baseline is achieved, we help guide VCs on how to evolve their policies to be stronger and more relevant over time.

The following are comprehensive guides for VCs focused on how to write harassment and discrimination policies and establish objective and safe reporting points of contact. We are constantly updating and improving our recommendations.

Guidelines for VCs Writing Discrimination and Harassment Policies

Guidelines for VCs Establishing Reporting Contacts

How VCs can Update Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policies for Remote Fundraising

We are also committed to supporting further work in legislation. In 2019, we published a letter of support for new legislation in Massachusetts, US that equalizes harassment and discrimination protections in venture.

Talks and Workshops

We have spoken at various conferences and hosted events and workshops to educate others and improve existing policies.

For a full list, see our News & Media page.

Thank You

We would not have made this progress without the VCs who have joined us, collaboration with Project Include, and generous support from the Hewlett Foundation and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. We are also indebted to all of the entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the startup community for sparking positive change in our industry. It's time for action and #MovingForward.