Support Organizations and Remediating the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Case Study of St. Louis

11 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2015  

Karren Knowlton

Washington University in St. Louis - Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Students

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

University of Massachusetts Boston

Susan Clark Muntean

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Asheville

Yasuyuki Motoyama

University of Kansas - Geography & Atmospheric Science Department

Date Written: November 2, 2015

Abstract

Entrepreneurship support organizations, such as accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces, and networking groups play a vital role by providing information, mentorship, networking opportunities, and other valuable resources for entrepreneurs throughout the venture creation and growth process. Within this context, we have observed emerging practices to include a diverse set of entrepreneurs (e.g. women and minorities) by support organizations in St. Louis, and at the same time, identified more demands from entrepreneurs for this purpose. Based on more than 80 interviews and observations, we provide voice to entrepreneurs who utilize these resources and discuss how support organizations can more effectively respond to these demands, expand their scope and reach, and bolster their own role in strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Keywords: women entrepreneurs, gender gap, support organizations, ecosystems

Suggested Citation

Knowlton, Karren and Ozkazanc-Pan, Banu and Clark Muntean, Susan and Motoyama, Yasuyuki, Support Organizations and Remediating the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Case Study of St. Louis (November 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685116 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2685116

Karren Knowlton

Washington University in St. Louis - Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Students ( email )

St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Boston ( email )

100 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
United States
617-287-7754 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.umb.edu/academics/cm/faculty_staff/faculty/banu_oezkazanc_pan

Susan Clark Muntean

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Asheville ( email )

Asheville, NC 28804
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://mgmtacct.unca.edu/faces/faculty/susan-clark-muntean

Yasuyuki Motoyama

University of Kansas - Geography & Atmospheric Science Department ( email )

1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

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