Motivation Factors for Female Entrepreneurship in Mexico


Objective: The objective of this paper is to analyse motivation factors for female entrepreneurship in Mexico. In the proposed article, the authors discuss the factors which compelled women to start their enterprises in Mexico.

Research Design & Methods: Based on in-depth interviews with female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts, the authors show which factors motivated women to start their own business in Mexico.

Findings: The study proves that women in Mexico are motivated by a combination of push and pull factors, where the majority of the factors are pull factors. The findings of the study help to conclude that female entrepreneurship development is influenced by different factors including the entrepreneurs’ personal traits, social and economic factors. Due to their conservative traditional attitude, risk adverse tendency, and non-cooperation of family members, etc. women entrepreneurs are sometimes deterred to start a business in Mexico.

Implications & Recommendations: It is necessary to raise the awareness of different factors that promote female entrepreneurship in Mexico. Governmental programmes which support female entrepreneurship, business incubators, and networking could be very helpful for women when starting their own business.

Contribution & Value Added: The originality of this work lies in studying motivational factors for female entrepreneurship in Mexico. The Mexican society faces a big revolution towards female entrepreneurship. Based on the change of family structure and traditions, women nowadays are having more opportunities to develop as entrepreneurs.



female entrepreneurship; Mexico; push factors; pull factors; promoting female entrepreneurship

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Published : 2017-09-19

Cantú Cavada, M., Bobek, V., & Maček, A. (2017). Motivation Factors for Female Entrepreneurship in Mexico. Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, 5(3), 133-148.

Martha Cantú Cavada 
Vito Bobek 
FH JOANNEUM, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria  Austria
Anita Maček
FH JOANNEUM, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria e-mail 1: e-mail 2:  Austria

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