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A gendered look at entrepreneurship ecosystems

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Underlying entrepreneurship ecosystems is the implicit assumption that all entrepreneurs have equal access to resources, participation, and support, as well as an equal chance of a successful outcome (venture start-up). However in practice, this is not always the case. Research finds that when it comes to many aspects of the entrepreneurship ecosystem, women are at a disadvantage. In this paper, we offer a brief overview of current ecosystem frameworks pointing out where “gender” matters in ecosystems at the institutional, organizational, and individual levels. We go on to present a summary of the contributions to this special edition and conclude with suggestions for future research.

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  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/06/08/entrepreneurship-is-the-new-womens-movement/#5aaa920f3b4c.

  2. https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/19/in-2017-only-17-of-startups-have-a-female-founder/.

  3. The Diana Project was launched in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart, to study the phenomenon of women’s entrepreneurship in the USA. The Diana Project team, in partnership with ESBRI (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute, Sweden), inaugurated the Diana International Project (DIP) in 2003. DIP currently involves researchers from 16 countries worldwide and aims to provide a platform from which to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs and growth oriented businesses.

  4. International Business Innovation Association, 2013. 2012 state of the business incubation industry: INBIA publications.

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Brush, C., Edelman, L.F., Manolova, T. et al. A gendered look at entrepreneurship ecosystems. Small Bus Econ 53, 393–408 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-9992-9

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