Cover: Equity in Entrepreneurship

Equity in Entrepreneurship

Challenges and Opportunities

Published Aug 3, 2021

by Lisa Abraham, Benjamin K. Master

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There are significant disparities in entrepreneurship start-up and success for women and racial and ethnic minorities relative to White men. These differences are due, in part, to significant inequities in accumulated wealth, access to capital, and the development of valuable networks that provide mentorship and support. Rectifying these inequities represents a significant opportunity: More-effective entrepreneurial support has the potential to improve wealth accumulation among these groups, revitalize communities where minority business owners are located, and boost economic growth by unlocking the talent of would-be entrepreneurs.

By crafting targeted and thoughtful policies to enhance entrepreneurship among these underrepresented groups, policymakers would be promoting equality of opportunity while lifting up the economy as a whole.

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