Chapter 2 Internal influences on women entrepreneurs
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Research has shown that women tend to have lower entrepreneurial self-efficacy and lower entrepreneurial intentions than their male counterparts. Chapter 2 illustrates the characteristics of female entrepreneurs and discusses the gendered nature of entrepreneurship and the importance of designing support that is tailored to the needs of female entrepreneurs. The chapter focuses on the internal influences on women entrepreneurs, the importance of entrepreneurial learning and the role of entrepreneurial self-efficacy. Research suggests that exploring methods to develop women entrepreneurs’ self-efficacy and confidence, particularly in relation to entrepreneurial learning and development, is a key addition to the literature.

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