Katia Giusepponi – University of Macerata – Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, P.le Bertelli 1, c.da Vallebona, 62100 Macerata, Italy

Ernesto Tavoletti – University of Macerata – Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, P.le Bertelli 1, c.da Vallebona, 62100 Macerata, Italy

Women co-founders;
Founding team;
Role of women in startups

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.S.P.2022.27

Abstract: The work investigates the role of women as co-founders of glob­ally successful startups, particularly their impact on the company’s mis­sion and vision. The authors’ initial research on entrepreneurial and or­ganizational profiles in top startups worldwide underlined that the pres­ence of women as co-founders of globally successful startups is very limit­ed (Giusepponi, Tavoletti & Tosi, 2019). The study presented here highlights that a female presence in the founding team supports the sharing of the vi­sion and the effectiveness of the mission, and these elements are reflected in the organizational culture, specifically in the sense of corporate belong­ing and cohesion. This study is based on secondary sources derived from ad­vanced analyses in terms of connections between variables within the start­ups studied. From an advancement perspective, the research could be deep­ened by studying other impact profiles and, considering that it is here lim­ited to 109 top global startups, extended to other entrepreneurial realities. 

8th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2022 – Selected Papers: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Online-Virtual (Prague, Czech Republic), May 26, 2022

ERAZ Selected Papers published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mediterranean University, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; AMBIS University, Prague – Czech Republic; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ Conference 2022 Selected Papers: ISBN 978-86-80194-61-5 ISSN 2683-5568, DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.S.P.2022

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Giusepponi, K., & Tavoletti, E. (2022). The Role of Women in Founding Top Startups Worldwide. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 8. Selected Papers (pp. 27-33). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans. https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.S.P.2022.27


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KG and ET jointly undertook the research project, carried out the study and wrote all sections of the manuscript.