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Gender-blind policies on entrepreneurship fail female founders

In Ireland men are three times more likely than women to be self-employed

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Funds like Golden Seeds have been set up in the US to channel investments to gender diverse firms, (left to right) Golden Seeds MD Jo Ann Corkran, founder Stephanie Hanbury-Brown and Peggy Wallace. Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

Funds like Golden Seeds have been set up in the US to channel investments to gender diverse firms, (left to right) Golden Seeds MD Jo Ann Corkran, founder Stephanie Hanbury-Brown and Peggy Wallace. Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

Funds like Golden Seeds have been set up in the US to channel investments to gender diverse firms, (left to right) Golden Seeds MD Jo Ann Corkran, founder Stephanie Hanbury-Brown and Peggy Wallace. Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

Entrepreneurship policy is a key component of a country’s overarching economic support system. It promotes entrepreneurship, alleviates barriers and facilitates new venture creation and growth.

However, such policies are often gender biased, designed around traditional male models of entrepreneurship and inadvertently discriminate against women.


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