Tech economies losing a ‘powerful force’ by sidelining women, researchers say

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(The Times of Israel)

Interim study shows that in Israel, Norway, Sweden and Ireland just 12%-15% of entrepreneurs are women; why is still unclear, but could be because ecosystem is tailored to men

Israel, Norway, Sweden and Ireland have many things in common, it appears. They are all high-income countries according to the World Bank, all are considered small in population (though Israel is smallest in square miles), and all have a thriving technological ecosystem. They also have one more thing in common: an acute lack of women tech entrepreneurs.

Indeed, according to two Israeli researchers, Prof. Sibylle Heilbrunn, the dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, and Caren Weinberg, a senior lecturer on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ruppin Academic Center, in these advanced economies women account for just 12% to 15% of the total number of tech entrepreneurs.

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