It’s Who You Know: Women Entrepreneurs and the Impact of Networks

Report by Ernst & Young, 22 October 2013

In addition to access to capital, women entrepreneurs face challenges in establishing and leveraging networks necessary to scale their businesses.

Data indicates that entrepreneurs who are actively engaged in external networks report stronger business outcomes.

This barrier can be overcome through increasing access to role models and highly specific advice from mentors. The report notes that formal networks in particular are crucial for women entrepreneurs.