Tech Women Entrepreneurs

The stereotype of tech entrepreneurs often falls within the limited scope of ‘think entrepreneur, think male’ with figures like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos dominating. However, this stereotype is misleading. Kylie Jenner, one of the world’s youngest billionaires, made her fortune selling on Canada’s Shopify platform, for example. And recent research found that more than half of online businesses recently launched were owned by women. While female Canadian entrepreneurs are growing in numbers and are starting businesses faster than men, gender inequity among STEM business owners continues to be an issue. Notably, women entrepreneurs continue to face significant challenges in the typically male-dominated tech industries at higher rates than in other industries. The challenges are wide in scope and include everything from lack of training, to gender bias, to trouble with raising capital, for example.

Led by Dr. Jaigris Hodson of Royal Roads University, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will study the experiences of women entrepreneurs in the tech sector with a particular focus on incubators.

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