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ERIC Number: EJ780330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Ethnic Minority Graduate Entrepreneurs in the UK: Characteristics, Motivation and Access to Finance
Hussain, Javed; Millman, Cindy; Scott, Jonathan; Hannon, Paul; Matlay, Harry
Industry and Higher Education, v21 n6 p455-463 Dec 2007
Small ethnic minority businesses make an important contribution to the UK economy, and this is reflected in their rapid growth over the last decade. A considerable proportion of the growth in new venture creation can be attributed to ethnic minority graduates, who increasingly embark on entrepreneurship as a rewarding and fulfilling alternative to paid employment. An illustrative case study approach is adopted for the purpose of this research study. The results of a qualitative investigation of four new venture creation case studies of graduate ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the UK indicate that the main contribution of higher education for these graduate entrepreneurs was in the area of knowledge and skills acquisition. The main motivational factors acknowledged by the respondents included "lack of satisfaction" in working for others, the need to be their own "boss" and achieve more, and the prospect of higher earnings. The authors found no correlation between degree discipline and graduates' propensity to become entrepreneurs. Graduates from non-business disciplines appear to be more likely to engage in entrepreneurship. The size of start-up finance can have an impact on the survival and growth of new ventures. It is therefore suggested that financial institutions and government agencies should develop more focused services, aimed specifically at supporting ethnic minority graduate entrepreneurs in their drive to convert business ideas into thriving and employment-generating enterprises. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.) [Research for this article was funded by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship. This article was produced by IP Publishing Ltd., London, UK. ]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom