Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1604653
 
 

References (17)



 
 

Citations (1)



 


 



Are Successful Women Entrepreneurs Different from Men?


J. McGrath Cohoon


University of Virginia; University of Colorado at Boulder - National Center for Women & Information Technology

Vivek Wadhwa


Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering; Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Lesa Mitchell


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

May 11, 2010


Abstract:     
Women are one particularly understudied group of entrepreneurs. We know very little about female entrepreneurs, and our ignorance of this important demographic is a serious blind spot in any effort to increase the total number of entrepreneurs participating in our economy. What little we do know suggests that women are not nearly as active in the entrepreneurial space as they could be.

This study attempts to address part of this knowledge gap. This based on data were collected in 2008-2009 from 549 respondents from randomly selected high-tech companies who were invited to participate. It compares the backgrounds, and experiences and motivations of men and women entrepreneurs.

Our findings show that successful women and men entrepreneurs are similar in almost every respect. They had equivalent levels of education (slightly less than half earned graduate degrees), early interest in starting their own business (about half had at least some interest), a strong desire to build wealth or capitalize on a business idea, access to funding, and they largely agreed on the top issues and challenges facing any entrepreneur.

The data also identify some small but potentially informative gender differences among successful entrepreneurs. For instance, motivations for starting a business differed slightly between men and women. The latter were more likely to cite a business partner’s encouragement as a key incentive to take the plunge. Women also were more likely than men to get early funding from their business partners.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, women

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: May 12, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Cohoon, J. McGrath and Wadhwa, Vivek and Mitchell, Lesa, Are Successful Women Entrepreneurs Different from Men? (May 11, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1604653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1604653

Contact Information

J. McGrath Cohoon
University of Virginia (UVA) ( email )
1400 University Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States
University of Colorado at Boulder - National Center for Women & Information Technology ( email )
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
United States
Vivek Wadhwa (Contact Author)
Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering ( email )
Durham, NC 27708
United States
Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance ( email )
Crown Quadrangle 559 Nathan Ab
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
Lesa Mitchell
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( email )
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States
8169321109 (Phone)
8169321430 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.kauffman.org
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 16,643
Downloads: 2,438
Download Rank: 2,568
References:  17
Citations:  1
Paper comments
No comments have been made on this paper

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 1.188 seconds