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Women and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures: More pieces for the jigsaw

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance
Issue number1
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)1-14
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper provides an overview of current research into the financing of women-owned/led ventures and identifies specific issues requiring further investigation, as well as possible future research directions. Topics covered by current research are divided, for discussion, into five broad categories, namely the characteristics and behaviours of women business owners; the characteristics of their ventures; financial strategies adopted and business decision-making; the relationships between those seeking finance and potential suppliers; and the impact of gender on women's ability to raise finance. In relation to future research, the authors highlight, among other things, the need for: research designs that capture the heterogeneity of women business owners and their ventures; in addition to comparative studies, investigations that give ‘voice’ to women's experiences (of seeking and supplying finance) in their own right; sound theoretical and conceptual foundations and contributions to theory building; more longitudinal studies; holism, inclusivity and heterogeneity in research into the financing of women-owned/led businesses.