Woman Entrepreneurship in High-Tech Sector: Sectoral and Spatial Differentiations in Ankara

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PLANLAMA-PLANNING, vol.26, no.3, pp.181-192, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/planlama.2016.51423
  • Title of Journal : PLANLAMA-PLANNING
  • Page Numbers: pp.181-192


In the recent years, the number of women starting and owning a business has increased dramatically and women entrepreneurs have begun to enter high technology sector near traditional ones. As the recent studies on the entrepreneurship focus especially on male entrepreneurs and as the women entrepreneurs are regarded as working generally in traditional sectors, the researches about women entrepreneurs in non-traditional high-tech sector carry great importance. Within this scope, the study examines the women entrepreneurs acting as the owner or partner of the firms in high-tech sector in Ankara. The sectoral and spatial differences of women owned high-tech firms are compared in technology development zones, which are found to be the agglomeration spaces of high-tech firms, and out of these zones. In the study, in-depth interviews realized with female entrepreneurs are evaluated in details under three parts: characteristics of entrepreneurs, firm quality and performance of the firm, and location choices of the firm. It is found out that high-tech sector forms a potential for woman entrepreneurship and it creates various opportunities for supporting woman entrepreneurs.