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Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

Posted By Natalie Ngu, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Accelerators as Drivers of Gender Equality

By Impact Hub

Accelerators providing business support to entrepreneurs play a crucial role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as they prepare entrepreneurs for growth and serve as a pipeline for investors. The gender gap in acceleration is very apparent:  only 13% of applicants are women-led teams compared to 52% male-led and 35% mixed teams . This means that women entrepreneurs are less likely than their male counterparts to access and benefit from the business, network, and investment support that accelerators provide. 

For accelerators, this guide aims to be a starting point in helping to apply a gender lens to accelerators’ processes and measurement , focusing on making business support and resources more accessible for women entrepreneurs, and increasing all entrepreneurs’ awareness of gender equality and gender equity.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Gender Lens Investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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