GEM Canada Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Alberta 2017

In recent years, Canada has become increasingly recognized as a leader in women’s entrepreneurship. Alberta has played a central role in this phenomenon, with female activity rates well above the national average. The goal of the GEM Canada Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Alberta is to delve more deeply into this issue, and offer an up-to-date picture of women-led business in the province.

The report draws on data from the GEM Canada Surveys, which are part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, the largest and longest running study of entrepreneurship in the world. Most of the analysis draws on the 2017 GEM Canada Survey to detail Alberta women’s rates of entrepreneurial activity, their attitudes and motivations for starting a business, and their business outcomes, success, and satisfaction. Comparisons are also made to male business owners in Alberta, and to women entrepreneurs in Canada and other innovationbased countries, drawing on the 2016 GEM Canada and 2016 GEM Global Women’s Reports.

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