With generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, NCWIT presents its entrepreneurial series: five reports answering questions and addressing the obstacles women IT entrepreneurs face today, authored by senior research scientists William Aspray and J. McGrath Cohoon.
Among the report series' findings:
is no conclusive research that gender is a factor in the success of
entrepreneurs. If gender differences do exist, they may be a product of
differences in education and experience, effective business networks,
and access to financing.
- Women are more likely to be
motivated to pursue an entrepreneurial career as a means to balance
family and career, while men are more likely to be motivated by wealth
accumulation and career advancement.
businesses are smaller, younger, and more likely to be in retail or
service industries than businesses owned by men. All of these
characteristics receive less favorable treatment from bankers
regardless of whether the business is owned by a woman or a man.
propensity is the psychological trait most likely to distinguish
between men and women who become entrepreneurs, and those who do not.
- Women’s self image seldom includes entrepreneurship.
- Women are much more likely than men to self-finance their business.
- So little research has been done on gender and entrepreneurship with regard to IT businesses that it’s impossible to know how much, if any, of the above findings on gender and entrepreneurship in general apply to IT entrepreneurship.
To read the reports, visit our Reports & Papers page.
To read Entrepreneurial Series blogs, visit our blog.