Is Boston Becoming a Hub for Female Tech Entrepreneurs? Maybe, and Here’s Why

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locally. It might boil down to education, role models, and critical mass, she says.

“Massachusetts has a high educational cluster. Across the last 30 years, women have been catching up with education. In a center with a cluster of highly educated women…once there’s a certain number of women in critical mass, other women see it as socially acceptable to be doing this activity,” Hein says of entrepreneurship. “This is something where, ‘if she can do it, I can do it too.’”

Hein organizes a monthly meeting of women CEOs in the Boston area, called the “She-E-Os.” The member list has been growing and is now approaching 80 female founders or CEOs, she says. In a way, it’s about “creating an ‘old girls club,’ facilitating connections, and learning from each other,” she says.

I pressed Hein a bit on whether the Boston area really has a critical mass of female tech entrepreneurs yet. “I think we’re getting close to that,” she says. It will certainly be interesting to see if the numbers from the CB Insights survey hold up for the rest of this year, and beyond.

Looking at the results so far compared to other states, Hein remains cautious but hopeful. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Massachusetts is slightly ahead,” she says.

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Gender breakdown of Web startup founding teams across states

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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