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Survey on female entrepreneurship in Ireland

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Survey on female entrepreneurship in Ireland

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An EU Network of Female Entrepreneurship was established by the Executive Agency
for Competitiveness & Innovation of the European Commission. The Enterprise Europe
Network West based in Galway Chamber of Commerce & Industry was appointed as the
lead co-ordinator for the establishment of the network in Ireland. The project will run
for 24 months from September 2009.
It was decided, as part of the project, to conduct an online survey on barriers to
female entrepreneurship which are discouraging women from starting up their own
businesses.
This topic was already investigated by various institutions during the last number of
years. The following overview aggregates the main findings of the existing surveys and
reports:
•:gender role model;
•:confidence in own skills and abilities;
•:educational level;
•:opportunity;
•:Lack of appropriate support from government/ governmental institutions;
•:Lack of relevant work experience;
•:Lack of sufficient/ affordable/ appropriate childcare;
•:Financing of start-up;
•:Personal tax situation vis-à-vis taxation of second income.
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Based on the above given results this survey was created as an multiple-choice
questionnaire which was launched on the websites of the Chambers of Commerce of
Galway, Cork and Dublin as well as on the Enterprise Europe Network website. The
target group was set as female students and unemployed women in the three
geographical regions. The survey was run online for 2 weeks, from 14th to 28th April
2010 through the web portal 'Constant Contact'.
The number of the target group which were reached by email, newspapers and flyers
of 23,534 in the regions Dublin, Cork and Galway and the total number of
questionnaire responses with 228 gives a response rate of roughly 1 %. These results
present only a random sample of answers of female students and unemployed women
selected by the chambers of the three regions. It is not a representative sample but
might be a good reflection for these areas.
More than half (61.8 %) of the respondents are aged below 30 and studying to date
(57.9 %). 2/3 of the women are more likely to become an employee rather than being
self-employed. The most attractive aspects for them to being an employee are the
regular fixed income and ability to leave work behind after leaving the job. They have
given their five major barriers as: their current level of work experience and
education, the lack of a business idea, awareness of financial start-up support, skills
for self-employment and opportunity of self-employment.
On the other hand 1/3 of women are likely to become self-employed because they see
the main benefit in their personal independence/ self-fulfillment, the freedom to
define their own future, opportunity to develop a particular business and freedom to
choose place and time of work.
Among these women is also a huge gap of knowledge of where to seek assistance
and training for entrepreneurship.
Role models may be recommended as a good way to overcome the lack of information
by the public on training, courses and mentoring as well as creating self-confidence in
their own skills and abilities.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingInternational Business & Management Studies
AfdelingAcademie voor Economie & Management
AfstudeerorganisatieGalway Chamber of Commerce & Industry/ Enterprise Europe Netwerk
Datum2010-06-24
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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