Regina Veckalne, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2517-1749
Institute of the Civil Engineering and Real Estate Economics, Faculty of Engineering and Management, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Tatjana Tambovceva, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9516-1530
Dr.oec., Institute of the Civil Engineering and Real Estate Economics, Faculty of Engineering and Management, Riga Technical University, Latvia
The promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship is a crucial element in advancing economic development, and achieving gender equality within this sphere can significantly contribute to this progress. Despite this, women continue to face numerous challenges in starting and expanding their businesses, including limited access to markets, technology, networks, and financing. Moreover, gender bias and inequality play a significant role in shaping entrepreneurial ecosystems, restricting the opportunities available to women and impeding their capacity for innovation and value creation. This research aims to explore the significance of gender equality in promoting creativity and entrepreneurship, ultimately supporting economic growth. Employing an analysis of earlier studies, the authors examine how entrepreneurship and creativity can be stimulated by gender equality. A key component of this research is the inclusion of interviews with female entrepreneurs to understand the main challenges they face and to gather their suggestions on how these challenges can be addressed. Through these interviews, the study identifies the barriers that women encounter when starting and expanding their businesses. These obstacles not only involve limited access to resources but also encompass deeply entrenched societal norms and biases that disproportionately affect women. Furthermore, the research sheds light on the policies and programs that can help women overcome these challenges and thrive in the entrepreneurial world. The analysis highlights the need for a comprehensive approach that addresses both the supply and demand sides of the issue in order to promote gender equality in entrepreneurship and innovation. This entails combating prejudice and gender bias in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, implementing measures to increase women’s access to markets, technology, and funding, and nurturing an environment that supports women’s growth and development as entrepreneurs. Additionally, the study emphasizes the importance of fostering networks and mentorship opportunities for female entrepreneurs. By connecting women with experienced business professionals and peers, these networks can help them navigate the complex world of entrepreneurship, learn from the experiences of others, and build crucial relationships that can contribute to their business success.
Keywords: female entrepreneurship, gender discrimination, gender equality, innovation.
JEL Classification: Q15, Q35, J16.
Cite as: Veckalne, R., & Tambovceva, T (2023). The Importance of Gender Equality in Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation Marketing and Management of Innovations, 1, 158-168. https://doi.org/10.21272/mmi.2023.1-14
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
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