Friday, April 07, 2006

Women Entrepreneurs Are Confident in Business Skills

Women Entrepreneurs Seek New Opportunities; Are Confident In Business Skills; Use Work Experience As Springboard; Yet, Gender Gap Persists

Women entrepreneurs use the same strategies as their male counterparts -- seeking opportunities, taking risks, mingling with other entrepreneurs, and sharpening their business skills -- according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2005 on Women and Entrepreneurship.

Based upon survey data from more than 107,400 respondents in 35 countries, today’s GEM Women report, prepared by scholars at the Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson College, gives a clear indication that while women entrepreneurs often exhibit patterns of behavior similar to those of men, a gender gap nonetheless exists for entrepreneurial activity across the globe.

Women most likely to be entrepreneurs are those who hold jobs, have higher levels of household income and education, and have confidence in their level of skill and in the possibility of their success.

In case you missed it, read the Babson release and download the report here.

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