Where in the world do women entrepreneurs have the best shot at prospering?
In the United States, Australia, Sweden, France and Germany, according to the second annual Gender-GEDI ranking commissioned by Dell.
The global study of 30 developing and developed economies evaluated and scored each country on business and gender-specific issues, and how they impact the growth of "high potential" businesswomen.
"High potential" women entrepreneurs aren't just starting a business for themselves but are adding jobs, expanding into new markets and even looking for export opportunities, said Gender-GEDI project director Ruta Aidis.
"We're analyzing this group because the study is focused on quality and not quantity of female entrepreneurs," she said.
Chile at No. 6 came as a surprise, said Aidis, although she acknowledged that the country has taken steps in recent years to boost entrepreneurial interest.
"Chile's introduced programs since 2009, including Startup Chile, to encourage high-potential startups, especially among women," she said. One such program brought a group of women entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley on a networking trip.
At the bottom of the ranking were Uganda, Egypt, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
"These countries have fundamental issues to address, whether it's legal rights, socio-economic empowerment of women or the male-female workforce imbalance across business sectors," said Aidis.
Overall, the report found that more than 75% of the 30 countries surveyed failed to meet fundamental conditions necessary for women entrepreneurs to prosper.
The Gender-GEDI research and ranking was produced by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute.