We collected and analyzed the stories of 1,000 women business owners. Our key findings paint a picture of female entrepreneurship that's far bigger and far richer than the prevailing business culture would suggest.
Explore our map of the 1,000 and counting women entrepreneurs from around the world who have shared their business stories with us. And below, dive into the key findings of our project at the 1,000-stories mark.
Presenting 1,000 Stories of Women Who Mean Business
The Story Exchange reached the milestone of 1,000 stories collected from women business owners in November 2015, 3 years into our project. Here's a deep look into what those stories told us about why women start companies, how they view success, their top challenges and their most important role models.
Over 1,000 women business owners told us why they chose entrepreneurship. We examined their stories to better understand what drives them.
Women are debunking the myth that entrepreneurship is about building the next big thing and making millions. Their goals are more lofty — and arguably more difficult.
The nuts-and-bolts work of running a business preoccupies many women entrepreneurs. Are they thinking strategically enough soon enough to build the strongest, best companies they can?
When it comes to role models, the women entrepreneurs who took part in our 1,000 Stories campaign revere one key family member over all other influencers.
Businesses shut their doors for a variety of reasons, as some women in our 1,000 Stories project learned — the hard way.