What signals matter for social startups? It depends: The influence of gender role congruity on social impact accelerator selection


Social impact accelerators (SIAs) seek to select startups with the potential to generate financial returns and social impact. Through the lenses of signaling theory and gender role congruity theory, we examine 2,324 social startups that applied to 123 SIAs globally in 2016 and 2017 and find that while SIAs are more likely to accept startups that signal their economic and social credibility. Moreover, while we find that the influence of these signals is strongest when they are congruent with the stereotypes associated with the lead founder’s gender, men seem to experience better outcomes from gender incongruity than women.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
10:00 am – 11:30 am
HEC Montréal
Room Louis-Laberge (first floor, red section)

Publishing in Journal of Business Venturing


Scott L. Newbert, Field Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, will provide an overview of the mandate and review process at the Journal of Business Venturing, one of the journals of the Financial Times list. This presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer session designed to provide information that will help scholars successfully publish in the journal. Scholars at all career stages are welcome! Bienvenue à tous!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
HEC Montréal
Room Marie-Husny (first floor, green section)

Scott L. Newbert
Lawrence N. Field Chair in Entrepreneurship
Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship
Baruch College
City University of New York
Field Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Author’s Bio

Scott L. Newbert is the Lawrence N. Field Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Rutgers University.  Before joining Baruch College, he was a Professor of Management at Villanova University, where he held term appointments as the Harry Halloran Emerging Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and the  Anne Quinn Welsh Faculty Fellow in Honors. Dr. Newbert has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship, design, strategy and business ethics at Villanova University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Monmouth University. His research interests include the processes by which existing and nascent firms create value through the entrepreneurial use of resources, the determinants of firm creation, and the socioeconomic impacts of entrepreneurial activity. Dr. Newbert has authored more than 100 scholarly papers on these and related topics, many of which have been published in the world’s leading academic journals and cited in popular media outlets. Dr. Newbert also serves as a field editor for Journal of Business Venturing, the top-ranked journal in the field of entrepreneurship, and an editorial board member and reviewer for several other high quality academic journals and conferences.  In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Newbert provides consulting services to non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving clients including the United States and Dutch governments and Sandia National Laboratories.  Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked in sales for Hershey Foods Corporation, co-founded a privately owned marketing consulting firm, serving clients including Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson, and co-founded Monmouth University’s Division I FCS college football program.