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Gender Gap in High-Growth Ventures: Evidence from a University Venture Mentoring Program

Erin L. Scott and Pian Shu

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 308-11

Abstract: We track high-growth ventures from the idea stage to commercialization and investigate the nature of the gender gap early in the venture lifecycle. Using data on 651 venture ideas that collectively attracted over $700 million in venture financing, we find a significant gender gap among ventures without documented intellectual assets at the earliest stage of founding but not among ventures that already possess intellectual assets. We also find a gender gap in entrepreneurs' readiness to commit to their venture ideas full-time. Conditional on such commitment, there are no significant differences in ventures' access to venture financing or rate of commercialization.

JEL-codes: G24 G32 I23 I26 J16 L26 M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171009
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