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Gender difference in equity crowdfunding: an exploratory analysis

Ross Malaga (Department of Information Management and Business Analytics, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Stanislav Mamonov (Department of Information Management and Business Analytics, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Janet Rosenblum (FinMkt, New York, New York, USA)

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Article publication date: 12 October 2018

Issue publication date: 8 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act aims to make it easier for new ventures to raise funds from accredited investors via equity crowdfunding. The purpose of this paper is to understand whether Title II equity crowdfunding represents an opportunity for women-owned companies (those that have one or more female owners/founders) to raise capital at rates similar to companies owned by men.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conduct an exploratory analysis using a data set containing 6,234 Title II equity crowdfunded offerings aggregated across 17 crowdfunding platforms between September 2013 and December 2015.

Findings

The authors find that women-owned companies constitute only 15.2 per cent of the ventures seeking funding in this data set; however, gender had no effect on the likelihood of successful fundraising under Title II.

Originality/value

This study is the first to examine the roll of gender on the success of equity crowdfunding campaigns the USA. It provides empirical evidence that crowdfunding has had limited impact on democratizing access to capital for woman-owned startups and small businesses. The data reveal that woman-owned companies are underrepresented in Title II equity crowdfunding to an even greater extent than they are underrepresented in angel and venture capital (VC) investments. The results of this study also highlight the importance of examining the role of gender in equity crowdfunding across different countries.

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Citation

Malaga, R., Mamonov, S. and Rosenblum, J. (2018), "Gender difference in equity crowdfunding: an exploratory analysis", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 332-343. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-03-2018-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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