Zachary Kennedy

The Impact of Perception on Financial Capital Decisions for Women Entrepreneurs 

Committee:
Margrette Newhouse, Advisor
Hassan Hussein
Wei Huang        

What inspired you to select your thesis topic?
As an Accounting (Finance) student and E-Scholar, I wanted to combine my passions and seek out an issue to research. This led me to inefficiencies in business funding for women-led ventures. I want to create a lasting improvement in this field which can help people better understand the funding disparity.           

Zach’s research in his own words:
My research compiles a modern literature review on gendered entrepreneurial research, while also using a set of semi-structured interviews with women entrepreneurs to understand how financial capital and social capital interrelate. The purpose is to better understand the demand-side constraints; whether women entrepreneurs need, want, and can obtain certain forms of venture financing. The most public and prominent business financing route is venture capital, and the research outlines a few reasons it is not as popular among women entrepreneurs.                             

Zach would like to acknowledge:
I want to thank my committee and the All-College Thesis program for providing me a platform to research and present.