Abstract

Although men and women tend to build new companies at a similar pace, access to financing, both angel and Venture Capital (VC), is much more concentrated on startups founded by men. There are different motives that explain this. On the one hand, women founders frequently select a kind of venture that is not eligible by VCs; on the other hand, women typically have less human and social capital than male entrepreneurs. Even though the first could be a fundamental component, the second can be solvable by an adequate support. Accelerators, a new actor in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, though not created specifically for women, offer in their programs many features that can help overcome key disadvantages of female entrepreneurs. This research aims to understand whether accelerator programs can actually help female entrepreneurs who seek angel and VC financing, enhancing their human and social capital.

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