Start-ups, gender disparities, and the Fintech revolution in Latin America

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, González-Correa Ignacio

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Abstract

This chapter considers the process of entrepreneurial activity to deploy
financial technologies (fintech) through mandate-specific new companies in
Latin America. We deal with important historical issues such as defining the
term, establishing temporal and industrial activity boundaries, positioning
this particular process within other organizational forms typical of the
region, the role of women, and other relevant issues such as the modernization of retail payments and personal lending. A central question is whether
fintech start-ups have had a “scissor” effect in the entrepreneurial process of
Latin America: at the base of the pyramid (i.e., reducing frictions to support
overall entrepreneurial activity, increasing financial inclusion, etc.) and near
the top (by creating new business leaders). As a result, this chapter provides
an initial assessment of gender disparities and barriers enabling women
entrepreneurs in the fintech ecosystem
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Subtitle of host publicationUnleashing a Millennial Potential
EditorsOscar Javier Montiel Méndez, Araceli Almaraz Almaraz Alvarado
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald
Chapter15
Pages221-242
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781800719552
ISBN (Print)9781800719569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2022

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