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Video: Why women are having an especially tough time starting businesses

Getting a business off the ground is no easy chore — but why should it be any more difficult for women than men?

The Kauffman Foundation addessed this question in a recent book titled A Rising Tide: Financial Strategies for Women-owned Firms, in which researchers sought to understand the economic impact of the nation’s nearly 8 million women-owned firms and determine why they have a more trouble getting started than their male-owned counterparts.

The video above takes viewers through some of the unique, pressing challenges for women who want to start their own businesses; from lack of representation in the venture capital world to less initial wealth to leverage as debt capital. The result, as Senior Research Fellow Alicia Robb notes, is a base of women-owned firms that is actually growing slower than that of overall businesses in the United States.

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Related: Why women are edged out of the entre­pre­neur­ship club

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.

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