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Gender and innovation: a study of technology-based female entrepreneurs supported by the PIPE / FAFESP program

Grant number: 17/26120-3
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2018 - June 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Camila Carneiro Dias Rigolin
Grantee:Camila Carneiro Dias Rigolin
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This study aims to investigate female technology based entrepreneurship or the relationship between gender and innovation in small companies characterized by the systematic and intensive application of technical-scientific knowledge in the design, development and production of new products and/or processes. The unit of analysis are the entrepreneurs supported by the Program for Inovative Research in Small Businesses of the São Paulo Research Foundation (PIPE / FAPESP), between 2012 and 2017. It seeks to characterize the profile of women entrepreneurs in this segment, the motivations and the challenges underlying their propensity to start up, the management of the ventures, their strategies for funding and the relationship with stakeholders, undetsood as those who have a concern in the business, such as partners, employees, customers, suppliers, creditors etc. This is and interdisciplinary study that proposes the use of qualitative and quantitative approaches (survey, in-depth interviews, documentary analysis and systematic literature review) to analyze the profile and trajectory of the entrepreneurs supported by PIPE/FAPESP. The theoretical framework is built at the intersection of Organizational Studies, Social Studies of Science and Technology, and the literature on female entrepreneurship. We assume that the investigation of the the entrepreneurs' profile and their businesses' stories will allow a more accurate diagnosis of possible gender-related distortions and conflicts in the creation and establishment of start up firms, as well as the identification of patterns, strategies and coping mechanisms that can support projects, programs and public policies aimed at the promotion of gender equity in technology-based entrepreneurship. (AU)

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