September 20, 2017

Boulder is No. 1 U.S. metro for women entrepreneurs

"As a female business owner in Boulder, I am so pleased to see Boulder recognized for its support of women entrepreneurs.  Boulder is filled with some incredible women who bring value, sustainability and leadership to our community." - Becky Gamble, President of Dean Callan & Company.

BOULDER – A new report from public relations and digital communications firm Version 2.0 Communications in Boston and New York shows how Colorado excels for women entrepreneurs.

Boulder is the No. 1 metro in the U.S. for female entrepreneurs, and Denver is ranked No. 3.

Colorado has the highest percentage of women with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in the U.S. at 23.9 percent.

Colorado is ranked fifth in the nation for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math)  jobs at 6.1 percent, above the national average of 4.6 percent.

About 9.9 percent of women are self-employed in Colorado, compared to 7.2 percent in the U.S. as a whole.

But the news isn’t all positive for Colorado women. The state is ranked No. 19 for its gender wage gap, as of 2013, when women aged 16 or older made 80 cents on the dollar compared to male peers. If women in the state earned the same as comparable men, Colorado’s economy would grow by an additional 9.2 percent, or 3 percent of the state’s 2014 GDP.

Still, there are new female businesses cropping up throughout the Front Range, including Bobo’s Oat Bars, PurelyElizabeth and EarthVisionz LLC in Boulder.

Version 2.0, a female-led agency that works to foster growth for women in business, especially in technology.

Article from BizWest, read more