Document Abstract

Under-represented entrepreneurs: a literature review

Looks at research examining why some groups, such as migrants, people with disabilities, those with low educational attainment, ethnic minorities, and women, are under-represented in entrepreneurship. Indicates that common barriers across all groups include discrimination, access to finance, access to relevant entrepreneurship advice, and a lack of business skills and experience; while group-specific barriers include a lack of language skills amongst migrants together with a lack of familiarity with host country institutions and culture; and that disabled entrepreneurs are discouraged by the fear of losing benefits from becoming self-employed. Suggests that research has largely ignored the multiple barriers that some people face due to combinations of factors they experience. Notes that interventions to mitigate could include specialist training for advisers and business skills training for under-represented groups of entrepreneurs.

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Author:
Wishart, Maria
Year:
2018
Pages:
20
Ref No:
B51048
Source:
Enterprise Research Centre

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