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Women Entrepreneurs in Chile: Three decades of Challenges and Lessons on Innovation and Business Sustainability


  • Mandakovic Vesna


  • María Teresa Lepelev
  • Olga Pizarro

    (School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo)


This study is framed on a global vision of women participation in entrepreneurial activity as an introductory note and proceeds with a comprehensive assessment of the experience of women entrepreneurs in Chile in the last thirty years. Chile is one of the fastest growing and most stable economies in Latin America and among developing countries with a 5.7 percent unemployment and 14.8 percent poverty level. This case study is focused on Chilean women entrepreneurs from a business sustainability dimension, providing the experience of a pioneer country that introduced entrepreneurship as a central economic development strategy since the late seventies.

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  • Mandakovic Vesna & María Teresa Lepelev & Olga Pizarro, 2014. "Women Entrepreneurs in Chile: Three decades of Challenges and Lessons on Innovation and Business Sustainability," Serie Working Papers 14, Universidad del Desarrollo, School of Business and Economics, revised 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:dsr:wpaper:14

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    1. Katherina Kuschel & María-Teresa Lepeley & Fernanda Espinosa & Sebastián Gutiérrez, 2015. "Entrepreneurial Funding Challenges for Latin American Women Start-up Founders," Serie Working Papers 24, Universidad del Desarrollo, School of Business and Economics.

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    Women Entrepreneurs; innovation; business sustainability; economies; América Latina; Chile.;

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