Marich: NYC tops for women entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: This post was republished with permission from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Policy Dialogue blog.


During the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University last week, Dell announced findings of its 2016 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities) of 25 global cities fostering high potential women entrepreneurs. New York City ranks No. 1 overall among the 25 cities for its ability to attract and support women entrepreneurs with top marks in several categories, including Policy Enabling Market Access.

“Women entrepreneurs are our Country’s best bet for economic growth,” said Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence for Dell. “It’s time for women to be politically engaged to ensure the right ecosystems are in place for them to scale. If politicians and entrepreneurs partner, dynamic policies can be put in place to close the circle and enhance the process from idea to enterprise. WE Cities can be used as a diagnostic tool to help ensure lawmakers are listening to their needs.”

While there has been much dialogue in the media about Silicon Valley being an “old boys club,” the Bay Area finished in second place with high scores for Access to Markets and Frequency & Value of Funding to businesses founded and led by women.

Cities, instead of countries, were identified in order to show the impact of local policies and programs in addition to national laws and customs.

The top 10 cities were:

  • New York City
  • Bay Area
  • London
  • Stockholm
  • Singapore
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC
  • Sydney
  • Paris
  • Seattle

Mark Marich, executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week | Courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth and economic development, health care, renewable energy, telecommunications, regulatory reform and workforce development.

He is a regular contributor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s blogs, which are syndicated by Missouri Business Alert.

Find Marich on Twitter: @markmarich.


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