Female entrepreneurship, especially in high-growth fields, could be the catalyst for economic growth.
Sources of Economic Hope: Women’s Entrepreneurship is a research paper that seeks to examine what contributes to the low percentage of women entrepreneurs running high-growth technology companies. The study is the basis for Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, a crowdsourced book featuring research, stories and perspectives about women’s global participation in the innovation economy. The publications were produced in partnership with Singularity University, Google for Entrepreneurs, Kauffman Foundation, and Women 2.0 — with additional financial support from over two hundred individual contributors.
I played a significant role in producing both the study and book. For the research paper, I designed the survey, recruited participants, and organized and analyzed the raw data. You can read more about the report here.
For Innovating Women, I managed all crowdsourcing operations and outreach efforts. This included running the crowdfunding campaign, conducting media outreach, and creating an online community where over 500 women shared their stories and perspectives for the book.
The study and book helped promote and advocate for women’s participation in technology and entrepreneurship. All proceeds of the book, in addition to Google for Entrepreneur’s $50,000 donation, went towards funding scholarships that support female entrepreneurs.