Women Entrepreneurship ReportKristin Lenz and Maria Aspan Exclusive Report: Hundreds of Female Founders Speak Out on Ambition, Politics, and #MeTooStarting any fast-growing business is difficult. Starting one while female, as the flood of headlines about sexism and VC funding shortfalls illustrates, can seem nearly impossible. To fully understand the female entrepreneurial experience in 2018, Inc. and our sister publication, Fast Company, asked women who have started all kinds of companies just how they do it. It turns out, the 279 respondents of our first State of Women and Entrepreneurship survey have faced virtually every challenge. But one thing is clear: Nothing is going to get in the way of their ambition.