Underrepresented innovators: an assessment of innovation activities in women-led businesses in the UK

Beldina Elensia Owalla, Tim Vorley, Elvis Nyanzu

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on diversity and inclusion in the UK, and specifically with regard to the innovation activities of women-led SMEs. We adopt an intersectional lens to analyse how gender, ethnicity and place intersect to influence SMEs’ innovation activities, and provide insights on how policy initiatives can more effectively support female founders’ participation in business innovation. Our results draw attention to the considerable heterogeneity in the level and type of innovation activities undertaken by women-led SMEs in different regions. The chapter also reflects on the fragmented nature of existing support, while acknowledging the complexities of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We recommend a more holistic approach to achieving inclusive economic growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Diversity and Innovation: Concepts, Policies and Practice
EditorsBeldina Owalla, Tim Vorley, Helen Lawton Smith
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter8
Pages110-123
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)97818000377462
ISBN (Print)9781800377455
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022

Keywords

  • women-led SMEs
  • intersectionality
  • innovation
  • gender diversity

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