Are These The Best Cities For Women Entrepreneurs?

Building a high-growth company does take a village. And for women entrepreneurs, Chicago looks like a pretty good one to live in.

That city had the highest percentage of female founders—30%–in the newly released 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. Boston, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles followed.

Overall, there’s good news for women-led startups. The number of female entrepreneurs worldwide has risen significantly—80%–over the last three years. But the numbers are still low. Of startups worldwide, 18% had a female founder, compared to 10% of startups in 2012.

Here’s the percentage of women founders in the top ten cities for startups overall:

    1. Silicon Valley/Bay Area            24%
    2. New York                                     16%
    3. Los Angeles                                 22%


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