Assessing the relational embeddedness of women entrepreneurs in entrepreneurial ecosystems: a social network perspective

Xaver Neumeyer, Susana C. Santos, Julia Poncela-Casasnovas

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This chapter examines the paths of female entrepreneurs through the lens of social network theory. We collected relational data from novice entrepreneurs, institutional leaders and investors, participating in a team-based entrepreneurship program as well as the wider university ecosystem. These two distinct ecosystem units were subsequently analyzed to compare female and male (novice) entrepreneurs connectivity and embeddedness. Our results indicate that the team-based entrepreneurship program created an entrepreneurial ecosystem that shrunk significantly towards the end of the program as the majority of participants did not pursue their entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, we found that the use of teams can dampen the participation of female entrepreneurs-in-training. Depending on the composition of the team and role assignment, female participants were less embedded in the venture development and formation process than male participants. We also found that male participants networks contain a larger proportion of investors than female participants, while female faculty and entrepreneurs-in-training were as likely to develop multiplex ties as their male counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women's Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Analysis
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781785364624
ISBN (Print)9781785364617
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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