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Max Morant
Max Morant ’23 is a business administration major from Durham, North Carolina. His professional interests include finance and economic development, with the ultimate goal of leveraging his experiences to support financial literacy and economic progress for Black communities. Max decided to become a Kenan Scholar to pursue his research interests within a supportive and empathetic […]
Scholar Spotlight
Max Morant
Max Morant ’23 is a business administration major from Durham, North Carolina. His professional interests include finance and economic development, with the ultimate goal of leveraging his experiences to support financial literacy and economic progress for Black communities. Max decided to become a Kenan Scholar to pursue his research interests within a supportive and empathetic […]
Recent studies highlight females’ positive impact within the business world and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, however, females lag behind their male counterparts in funding accumulation. Previous research identified three primary causes to this discrepancy: (1) lack of females in the financial capital industry, (2) implicit bias, and (3) female- versus male-owned company characteristics and owner attitudes. What isn’t addressed, however, is an analysis of the industries pursued by females versus males. My study identifies and attempts to understand underlying causes in gender funding differences based on industry. I use a mixed-method approach of quantitative and qualitative analysis. My findings suggest (1) industry does not exhibit a significant role in gender funding differences, (2) implicit bias continues to plague females, and (3) females are underrepresented across all industry lines. Females receive fewer investment dollars than their male counterparts, appearing to directly correlate to the limited number of females entering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Author: Abby Staker, Class of 2020   
Advisor: Maryann Feldman, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Recent studies highlight females’ positive impact within the business world and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, however, females lag behind their male counterparts in funding accumulation. Previous research identified three primary causes to this discrepancy: (1) lack of females in the financial capital industry, (2) implicit bias, and (3) female- versus male-owned company characteristics and owner attitudes. What isn’t addressed, however, is an analysis of the industries pursued by females versus males. My study identifies and attempts to understand underlying causes in gender funding differences based on industry. I use a mixed-method approach of quantitative and qualitative analysis. My findings suggest (1) industry does not exhibit a significant role in gender funding differences, (2) implicit bias continues to plague females, and (3) females are underrepresented across all industry lines. Females receive fewer investment dollars than their male counterparts, appearing to directly correlate to the limited number of females entering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Author: Abby Staker, Class of 2020   
Advisor: Maryann Feldman, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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