Summary Report - Pathways for Success: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia
A summary report outlining what women social entrepreneurs need to succeed
From ending poverty to reducing environmental degradation, solutions driven by women are under-invested in and women-led ventures are under-represented in acceleration. Furthermore, acceleration has little to no effect on the ability of women-led startups to raise equity and in fact exacerbates gender gaps by increasing the amount of equity men-led startups raise by 2.6 times more than women-led startups. Though accelerators and incubators in Southeast Asia are increasingly seeking to improve their services for women entrepreneurs, to date there have been few accelerator program design elements that overcome these gaps.
As part of its Catalyzing Gender Smart Small and Growing Business Growth & Investment in Southeast Asia initiative, Value for Women (VfW) has conducted 21 in-depth interviews with successful women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia across a wide variety of industries to identify how business development services can include the challenges and opportunities that are specific to women leading early stage social enterprises in the region. This summary report shares the highlights of these findings, with the full findings and profiles of successful women entrepreneurs included in the complete report “Pathways for Success: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia”.
Value for Women is a global advisory services firm with a mission to promote women’s participation and leadership in business, finance and investment around the globe, with a focus on emerging markets.