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If on the one hand raising capital is considered the most difficult activity by entrepreneurs, on the other over a third of female entrepreneurs experience gender bias when raising capital for their business, new research published by HSBC Private Banking reveals.

The gender bias becomes apparent during the investment process, when female entrepreneurs are asked questions about their family circumstances, their credibility as business leaders and loss prevention.

The research found large differences across markets with female entrepreneurs in the UK and USA experiencing the highest levels of gender bias (54% and 46%), and those in mainland China experiencing the least levels of gender bias at 17%.

Possibly, one of the reason why for this could rely on the fact that almost two thirds (61%) of female entrepreneurs pitch to all or predominantly male investors, with less than one in 10 pitching to all or mostly female investors.

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