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Entrepreneurship Database


As part of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), the Entrepreneurship Database project collects data on female entrepreneurial activity, from 2014 to 2020, focusing on the following three variables: business owners, business directors and sole proprietors.


  • Business Owners refer to the individuals that own at least one share of a newly registered limited liability company.

    The table shows the difference between the number of female and male owners of new limited liability companies per calendar year.

    Download gender disaggregated data on business owners from 2014-2020 (Excel)

    The table displays the data for the latest available year.

    * For China, only the data for Beijing and Shanghai were included.

  • Business Directors refer to the individuals who conduct the affairs of new limited liability companies registered in the calendar year.

    The table shows the difference between the number of female and male directors of new limited liability companies per calendar year.

    Download gender disaggregated data on business directors from 2014-2020 (Excel)

    The table displays the data for the latest available year.

    * For China, only the data for Beijing and Shanghai were included.

  • Sole Proprietors refer to the individuals that newly own and manage a business entity and who are indistinguishable from the business and are personally liable in the calendar year.

    The table shows the difference between the number of new female and male sole proprietors per calendar year.

    Download gender disaggregated data on sole proprietors from 2014-2020 (Excel)

    The table displays the data for the latest available year.

    * For China, only the data for Beijing and Shanghai were included.