When stereotypical gender notions see the light of day, will they burst? Venture capitalists' gender constructions versus venturing performance facts

Malin Malmström*, Aija Voitkane, Jeaneth Johansson, Joakim Wincent

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Abstract

Although often discussed, there has been limited effort to match venture capitalists’ construction of gender notions with specific facts about the entrepreneurs’ venturing activities. This study shows how stereotypical gender notions of both men and women entrepreneurs are embedded in venture capitalists’ assessments and analyses as well as explores whether or not these notions have substance based on actual performance. Drawing on interview data and statistical analysis of objective key performance information from accounting reports, we identify four myths in the evaluations of 126 venture capital applications for governmental capital that do not have any significant empirical substance. We discuss these findings’ implications for the study of myths in women's entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
Volume9
Issue numberJune
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
ISSN2352-6734
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management

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