Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

FREE Policy Brief: Women Entrepreneurs in Belarus: Characteristics, Barriers and Drivers

This policy brief summarizes the results of the research on aspects of female entrepreneurship in Belarus. The aim of this work was to shed a light on what the features of female-owned business in Belarus are and whether there are any differences in the motives and barriers it faces compared with male-owned companies. Results show that female-owned companies are smaller in size, less likely to grow fast and less effective in the monetization and promotion of their innovative products and ideas. This is partly due to differences in social roles, motives, decision-making process and macroeconomic factors.

The research was conducted within the project «Equal Rights for Women in Business in Belarus and Ways for the Boost of Innovativeness» supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.