It has been well documented that women are under-represented in both high-growth entrepreneurship and in angel investing. As communities and countries are increasingly encouraging entrepreneurs to create jobs, women can be a catalyst for large-scale economic growth. The panel discussion on What's Next for Women Entrepreneurs focused on promoting the equal integration of women into the business venture space -- and to continue encouraging high-impact programs to train and support women entrepreneurs.
Although these high-impact programs, and initiaties to connect women founders to mentors and investors worldwide have flourished, the panel discussed needing to significantly increase women's participation in the space. Susana Garcia Robles, director of programs of investment in capital funds from IDB, and Alicia Robb, a senior researcher at the Kauffman Foundation, agreed that beyond install capabilities, society needs to change negative gender stereotypes deeply rooted in many cultures.
The panel also discussed education, both at home and in school, plays a prominent role in encouraging women to become entrepreneurs and enter the business creation space. Education has the potential to increase young women's decision-making skills, passion for creating and leading, as well as empowering them at an early age to do whatever or be whomever they want to be.