High-growth Women’s Entrepreneurship
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High-growth Women’s Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Amanda Bullough, Diana Hechavarría, Candida G. Brush and Linda F. Edelman

Women’s entrepreneurship is vital for economic and social development, yet female entrepreneurs worldwide are consistently found to have weaker sales and employment growth, fewer jobs, and lower profitability. This book was written to address this reality, and focuses on the high-growth potential of women entrepreneurs.
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Chapter 5: STEM education and women entrepreneurs in technology enterprises: explorations from Australia

Dilek Cetindamar, Elayn James, Thorsten Lammers, Alicia Pearce and Elizabeth Sullivan


The objective of this chapter is to draw attention to the relationship between STEM education and women’s entrepreneurship in technology enterprises. By using Australia as a case study, this exploratory analysis of secondary data shows how Australia has gains in the level of women’s involvement in STEM education, while it still has to overcome a chasm for woman then proceeding from being a STEM alumnus into actually becoming an entrepreneur in technology start-ups. The authors specifically discuss an institutional intervention in STEM education, the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. The chapter concludes with a discussion and suggestions for further studies.

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