[en] Women Entrepreneurs ; Business Financing ; Gender
[fr] Femmes entrepreneures ; Financement ; Genre
[en] While women-owned ventures represent an increasing proportion of new businesses in most western countries, most of them have particular financing patterns and encounter barriers in their access to financing. Recent research on the question argues that barriers to financing are mainly dependent on factors other than gender, such as owner- and firm-related characteristics. This quantitative and qualitative study, through descriptive statistics and interview analysis, examines the relationship between financing patterns and barriers and gender from the woman entrepreneur’s viewpoint. It explores the behaviours and representations of women entrepreneurs towards financing, and considers to what extent the women see their own approaches as being different from those of men. Our study suggests that a gender effect still exists, and tries to identify its location and the corresponding implications for further research and action.
Etudes sur le Genre et la Diversité en Gestion - EgiD
Fonds Social Européen - FSE
Programme Equal 2003-2005 - Projet Diane: Les femmes entrepreneures face à la formation, au financement et aux réseaux