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Ratio Change: Startups Need Some Leading Ladies

July 26, 2012


Every day the debate rages on about women, men, parity and the workplace. You know the opinions, but what are the facts? This fascinating infographic on Women@Work from the MBA@UNC Online MBA program breaks down the areas where women lead, lag behind and are virtually forgotten in the business world. Let’s check out the statistics, shall we?

First, the good news.
Women are now responsible for more business startups in the United States than men. 150% more, as a matter of fact. Overall, women-owned businesses are an increasing percentage of the whole.

With startups, only 5 percent are woman-owned and only 3-5 percent receive venture funding. Surprising, as revenues are 12 percent higher at venture-backed firms that are operated by women and firms with a more equal male/female upper management ratio performed an astounding 30 percent better in IPOs. Perhaps these results will convince more venture capital firms to invest in women-started companies.

For large companies, only 60 percent percent have a women on their board of directors.

Take a look at these interesting statistics and see what you think.

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The original creation of the Infographic was by Harrison Kratz, of MBA@UNC program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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