Disadvantaged entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem: conclusions and areas for future research

David Grant Pickernell, Martina Battisti, Zoe Dann*, Carol Ekinsmyth

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The chapters in this book have drawn together issues affecting disadvantaged entrepreneurs as they struggle to access, interact with, and benefit from the traditional entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE). The findings highlight the importance of their motives for entrepreneurial activity, their resources, and how access to these are affected by issues such as gender and migrant status. In addition, substitutes for and complements to more traditional EEs have also been identified, including incubators, civil society organisations, and social enterprises, demonstrating the importance of alternative EEs often left unexplored in mainstream literature. The authors conclude that future research could usefully further explore background contexts driving disadvantaged groups towards entrepreneurial activity and the existing theory surrounding this. Particularly relevant for future research is the role of human capital, intersectional factors such as gender, migrant status, location, and roles of activities. Future research into stakeholders that can substitute for elements of the traditional EE is also important. Understanding this will assist disadvantaged entrepreneurs to both develop the absorptive capacity to create and develop their own businesses and potentially begin to access parts of the formal EE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
EditorsDavid Grant Pickernell, Martina Battisti, Zoe Dann, Carol Ekinsmyth
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781800714502
ISBN (Print)9781800714519
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2040-7246


  • disadvantaged entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • conclusions
  • areas for future research
  • activities
  • resources


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