A Study of the Conditions for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Estonian Entrepreneurial Environment

Report from the Quadruple Helix Central Baltic project of the Central Baltic Interreg IV A Programme

By

Anneli Kikkas
OÜ Viirekaare
© Saaremaa University Centre

1. Introduction

This study was carried out on the order of the Saaremaa University Centre in the framework of the Quadruple Helix project of the Central Baltic Interreg IV A programme the aim of which is to develop and strengthen the Baltic Sea region, stimulating clusters of the tourism sector and developing innovative support measures in the mobile telephony of the tourism sector and social networking among female entrepreneurs.

The lead partner of the Quadruple Helix project is the Municipality of Norrtälje (Sweden), other partners are: Stockholm County Administrative Board (Sweden), BalticFem (Sweden), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Åbo Akademi University (Finland), Eurohouse (Estonia), Läänemaa Tourism Association (Estonia).

The aim of this study is to analyse conditions for women’s entrepreneurship in the Estonian entrepreneurial environment. Nowadays we hear more and more often about gender inequality and discrimination, especially against women, which is why this study is focused on the conditions for women’s entrepreneurship.

Also, this study forms a basis for developing and completing the Quadruple Helix innovation model that the project partner Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden is in charge of. This will be developed on the basis of data collected from studies in three countries: Estonia (this report), Finland (Levin, 2010) and Sweden (Skoglund, 2011). The main platform for compiling the model is the initiation of collaborative networks and cluster processes between four sectors: public sector, private sector, academic sector and civil society or the so-called third sector.

The study uses qualitative methods with focus on oral interviews with female entrepreneurs. Altogether 23 women were interviewed and the interviews were carried out all over Estonia. Additionally, data from the Statistical Office, results from studies carried out by the Ministry of Social Affairs, and other various studies that have explored women’s entrepreneurship in Estonia.

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