Introducing the Women Entrepreneurs series
In Silicon Valley, women establish 3% of the technology startups, according to onlinebusinessdegree.org. It’s a disappointing number, but not exactly a surprising one. Women are missing from the entrepreneurial and technological landscape, and for this reason we want to spotlight some women who are building their own businesses.
A 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reports that the reason for fewer women involved in starting their own businesses is a lack of confidence and a higher fear of failure than men. The study also shows that women are less likely to receive venture capital, although some believe it’s because of their clumsy pitch.
Of course, women have long been concerned with how to juggle home life and career, and starting a business is more than a 9 to 5 job, but women have proven that it can be done. According to Entrepreneur.com, women own 10.6 million businesses in America and their businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales.
Women have all the tools to begin startups and have been reportedly successful at it. More women are beginning to design apps, and women owned businesses are increasing. EdTech Times hopes to promote this trend with the Women Entrepreneurs series where we will spotlight women and their companies.
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Michelle is a current graduate student at Emerson College and an intern at Boston's public radio station. She enjoys exploring the world of educational technology and writing about the ever-changing sector and its potential.