Request for Proposals: Seeking New Insights and Potential Sources of New Entrepreneurial Growth: Women
Deadline: August 15, 2015
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is seeking research proposals that generate knowledge and expertise that can feed joint learning, innovative practices, and evidence-based policymaking for successful entrepreneurship and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures by women (and men).
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- How does women’s entrepreneurship fuel social and economic development, including job creation and gender equality?
- What is known about the impact and effects of women entrepreneurship promotion (WEP) policies and support programs, especially around high-growth entrepreneurship?
- How can private sector and public policy contribute to successful women’s entrepreneurship?
- How can entrepreneurial ecosystems support startup, growth, and sustainability of women’s entrepreneurship?
- What are policies and practices for women’s entrepreneurship promotion? What is the evidence of impact?
- What are best practices and instruments of private sector development programs that are effective for women entrepreneurs?
- What are the best practices for empowering women entrepreneurs in the value-chain, and what are the challenges?
- What works in terms of public and private collaboration and market-driven practices for women’s entrepreneurship promotion?
- How do we measure policy impact, and what is the return on investment in women entrepreneurs?
- What impact do policies and practices have on female investor promotion?
- What should be done about measuring implicit (unconscious) bias against women founders?(experimental research on the gatekeepers and funders)
- Why does the gender gap persist in obtaining business financing, and does the persistent underrepresentation of women in the financing industry, especially venture capital, play a role?
- Do women entrepreneurs have better access to the new funding sources, such as crowdfunding?
- In relation to households and entrepreneurial exits, how do employment and self-employment histories intertwine alongside personal characteristics, such as marriage status, children, human capital, etc.?