Background Note | HBS Case Collection | August 2006 (Revised June 2015)

Female Entrepreneurship in Developed and Developing Countries

by Geoffrey Jones and Alexis Lefort


Examines the extent of and challenges facing female entrepreneurs in developing countries. There are higher rates of female entrepreneurship in developing countries than developed countries, but necessity is often the main driver in lower income countries. Explores the challenges facing women arising from societal inequality, including lack of educational provision, and difficulties in securing funding.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Gender; Developing Countries and Economies;


Jones, Geoffrey, and Alexis Lefort. "Female Entrepreneurship in Developed and Developing Countries." Harvard Business School Background Note 807-018, August 2006. (Revised June 2015.)