Gender Stereotypes and Venture Support Decisions: How Governmental Venture Capitalists Socially Construct Entrepreneurs’ Potential

28 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2017

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Malin Malmström

Lulea University of Technology (LTU)

Jeaneth Johansson

Lulea University of Technology (LTU)

Joakim Wincent

Lulea University of Technology (LTU); Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

In the present study, we conduct a discourse analysis on a set of longitudinal observations of government venture capitalists’ decisions to identify how gender stereotypes are socially constructed and activated when assessing entrepreneurs’ potential in the financial distribution of venture support. The present study finds that female entrepreneurs risk receiving significantly less venture capital, which is caused by the language and rhetoric used that relates to gender differences when funding decisions are made. We consider and discuss the implications of our results for related research about distributing venture capital and the social constructions of female and male entrepreneurs.

Suggested Citation

Malmström, Malin and Johansson, Jeaneth and Wincent, Joakim, Gender Stereotypes and Venture Support Decisions: How Governmental Venture Capitalists Socially Construct Entrepreneurs’ Potential (September 2017). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 833-860, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3031033 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12275

Malin Malmström (Contact Author)

Lulea University of Technology (LTU) ( email )

971 87 Lulea
Porson
Sweden

Jeaneth Johansson

Lulea University of Technology (LTU) ( email )

971 87 Lulea
Porson
Sweden

Joakim Wincent

Lulea University of Technology (LTU) ( email )

971 87 Lulea
Porson
Sweden

Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 479
FI-00101 Helsinki, 00101
Finland

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