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    Mapping ethnic minority women entrepreneurs’ support initiatives: experiences from the UK

    Lawton Smith, Helen and Owalla, B. (2021) Mapping ethnic minority women entrepreneurs’ support initiatives: experiences from the UK. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    This chapter focuses on mapping the support initiatives available to ethnic minority women entrepreneurs in the UK. It also compares the support provided by targeted initiatives to mainstream programmes in order to identify possible gaps. The study draws on evidence from previous research focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in business innovation, and adapts the entrepreneurial ecosystem model to frame its analysis. Our findings highlight the fragmented nature of existing ethnic minority women’s support networks, and emphasize the need to further develop intermediaries and networks (as well as to clarify the distinction between them) within entrepreneurial ecosystems. Furthermore, there is a need to pay greater attention to the interdependence of different elements within ecosystems, including the impact of broader socio-economic factors on minority groups. Recommendations for policy and practice are also highlighted.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: CIMR Working Paper no.55, ISSN: 2052-062X
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 10:08
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15


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