The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education
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The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Methods, Teachers and Innovative Programmes

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Dafna Kariv and Harry Matlay

This edited volume aims to bridge persistent research and practitioner gaps in entrepreneurship education theory and practice, as well as its relationship to main stakeholders. In 16 focused chapters, authored by leading international authorities in this topic, it offers new and innovative conceptual frameworks, research directions and illustrative case studies.
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Chapter 14: The Rising Tide Angel Training Program: education for the ecosystem (not just for the entrepreneur!)

Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb

Abstract

Prior research reveals that women are less likely to launch growth-oriented firms than men. Further, when women do attempt to grow their firms, they do so with smaller amounts of financial capital, typically generated by internal rather than external sources. The gender funding gap is particularly evident in the category of external equity or capital provided by angel investors and venture capitalists, the majority of whom are men. Based on Thomas Dewey’s principles of experiential education, the Rising Tide Angel Training Program was designed to increase the number of women angel investors capable of investing in a greater number of women-owned firms. This chapter provides a description of the Rising Tide program and results from the first training cohort.

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