Please join Barney School of Business Dean Marty Roth in congratulating Barney School of Business Professor of Finance Susan Coleman on her recent publication. A case study authored by Coleman and co-author Alicia Robb (Next Wave Ventures) has been published in The Effects of Digitalization on Gender Equality in the G20 Economies edited by A. Sorgner, E. Bode, and C. Krieger-Boden (Kiel Institute for the World Economy) and published jointly by the Kiel Institute and Women20. The title of Coleman and Robb’s case study is “Advancing Women’s Economic and Financial Inclusion in the United States: Strategies for Reducing the Gender Gap in Angel Investing.” The full publication can be accessed at https://www.ifw-kiel.de/pub/e-books/digital_women-final_report.pdf
The goal of Women20 (W20) is to promote women’s economic empowerment as an integral part of the G20 process. W20 unites the global experiences of women’s civil society organizations, women’s entrepreneur associations, and academia to implement strong recommendations within the G20 negotiations.
Abstract: In the wake of the “Great Recession” job creation and economic growth have become important public policy priorities in a number of developed economies including the United States. This, in turn, has led to greater focus on strategies for increasing the number of growth-oriented firms capable of creating a significant number of jobs. Traditionally growth-oriented entrepreneurship has been identified as a male domain. More recently however, researchers and policy makers are pointing to the economic benefits of empowering more women to grow their firms while also removing structural and attitudinal barriers that prevent them from doing so. One such barrier is access to financial capital, and our own research reveals that the gender gap in external equity, including angel capital, is particularly large. In this article, we describe one response to the gender gap in angel investing, the Rising Tide U.S. Angel Training Pilot Program, which was designed to increase the number of women who have the motivation, skills, networks, and financial means to invest in growth-oriented women-owned firms.