There were 126 million women starting or running new businesses in 67 economies at the end of last year according to the Global Entrepreneur Monitor 2012 Women’s Report, for which Babson College is the founding and leading sponsor. Additionally it finds 98 million women running established businesses.
Women entrepreneurs create jobs as well as businesses. The report says that 48 female million entrepreneurs and 64 established-business owners employ one or more people.
American women are judged to be the most innovative entrepreneurs, with 36% marketing products or services that were new to some or all customers.
One of the report’s most important findings is that female entrepreneurship flourishes most in those societies where women most strongly believe they can succeed. “Where women believed there were good opportunities for starting businesses, and where they had confidence, ability and spirit for this activity, there were typically higher female entrepreneurship rates,” the study finds.
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