Entrepreneurship is a key path to job creation and economic growth in the modern economy, yet women and minorities remain underrepresented.

To explore the challenges women and minority entrepreneurs face, the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management convened a 6-week workshop series in October and November 2020 sponsored by the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub.

The workshop series featured an exciting agenda with 10 papers organized into 5 sessions reflecting different working areas at the intersection of gender and entrepreneurship and a final panel looking at the future directions of research on gender, race and entrepreneurship. Topics discussed included:

  • Career Antecedents of Female Entrepreneurship
  • Population-Level Evidence of the Gender Gap in Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Breaking Gender Barriers: Bringing Men into the Pink-Collar Jobs of the Future
  • Biased Experiments: Product Launches and the Invention Gender Gap
  • Gender, formal registration, and entrepreneurial performance
  • The Racially Unequal Impacts of Disasters and Federal Recovery Assistance on Local Self Employment Rates
  • Networking Frictions in Venture Capital, and the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship
  • Reproductive Care and Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Human Interactions and Financial Investment: A Video-Based Approach
  • Brokered Startup Financing
WATCH A SUMMARY OF THE WORKSHOP BELOW, INCLUDING A LOOK INTO FUTURE RESEARCH AREAS AND CHALLENGES OF THE FIELD.

To highlight the debates and controversies discussed in our workshop series, along with a roadmap for a future research agenda in gender, race and entrepreneurship, GATE and WEKH developed a research overview: “Debates and controversies in understanding gender, race and entrepreneurship.”

Read the research overview here!

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