Examining Venture-Related Myths Concerning Women Entrepreneurs

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Yvon Gasse

Université Laval

Teresa V Menzies

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monica Catherine Diochon

Saint Francis Xavier University

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Despite the increasing number of women who are starting businesses, distinct hurdles exist for them. For instance, there is a lower occurrence of females as business owners and a paucity of academic research on the topic of female entrepreneurs. Another major hurdle is the presence of "derogatory myths" like those specified in the U.S. Diana Project. A random sample of nascent entrepreneurs in Canada is utilized to examine these myths about women entrepreneurs. Although many of the myths were unsubstantiated, the findings show that perhaps women do not have the right educational background to start large businesses and they may be starting businesses unattractive to venture capitalists. These findings are a clear wake-up call for the implementation of new programs and policies to increase the number of females studying computer and engineering sciences and to encourage and nurture a higher incidence of females as lead entrepreneurs. (Publication abstract)

Keywords: Diana Project, Entrepreneurial Research Consortium, Individual traits, Nascent entrepreneurs, Social networks, Females, Educational background, Female owned businesses, Startups

Suggested Citation

Gasse, Yvon and Menzies, Teresa V and Diochon, Monica Catherine, Examining Venture-Related Myths Concerning Women Entrepreneurs (2004). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1510012

Yvon Gasse (Contact Author)

Université Laval ( email )

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Canada

Teresa V Menzies

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Monica Catherine Diochon

Saint Francis Xavier University ( email )

Box 5000
Antogoish, Nova Scotia
Canada

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