Entrepreneurship education and gender in Europe

Entrepreneurship is considered an important factor for economic growth. And although female entrepreneurs offer outstanding socio-economic potential, there are still more men working as entrepreneurs than women. Support for female entrepreneurs is improving in Europe but compared to the United States there is still progress to be made. Major differences can also be identified between European countries. Although one way to foster entrepreneurship is via entrepreneurship education, reviews about entrepreneurship education in combination with gender studies are rare. This paper performs a systematic literature review, presenting the state of entrepreneurship education and gender within the last decade, and generating a European map of research. European samples are descriptively analyzed, and six different issues are identified. Implications for practitioners and policymakers are provided, and the article concludes with insights revealing where more research is needed and how it could be performed in Europe.

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