During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023, CIMR joined hands with Universal Inclusion, making significant contributions to the discourse on inclusive entrepreneurship.
In her new paper published on Land, Helen Lawton Smith discusses the formal networks that have been established to support disabled entrepreneurs, and dentifies the key importance of specialised networks in making connections and bringing about systemic change in urban spaces.
The event aimed to share, debate and explore the underlying assumptions and to understand the current way of doing research in disability entrepreneurship in order better to inform policy and practice.
Two members of CIMR, Jacqueline Winstanley (Visiting Fellow) and Helen Lawton Smith (CIMR Director) are respectively the project lead and the academic lead on a new research project sponsored by Innovate UK: the Road to Wonder Enquiry.
This study sheds light on the importance of geography in understanding the support available in the UK for disabled and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs through formal networks which provide specialised support.
The final report of the project “Addressing regional inequalities in innovation opportunities for ethnically diverse and disabled entrepreneurs”, supported by the Regional Studies Association, has been published, and is available to download.
Jacqueline Winstanley joins Ulster Bank ‘Dragons Den meets Harkin Belfast’ as a Judge and Panel member alongside her esteemed colleagues at Harkin International Disability Employment Summit 7- 8 June 2022, Belfast
In advance of our ‘Endless Possibilities’ debate, we asked Jacqueline Winstanley, FRSA our Visiting Fellow and Co-chair of our debate, to set the scene as we explore the impact of the pandemic on the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network which she founded. The APPG and her view on the new hybrid ways of working within inclusive entrepreneurship particularly in relation to working with universities.
Two studies conducted by CIMR researchers on regional inequalities in support for entrepreneurs with disabilities and from ethnically diverse backgrounds have helped to aid understanding of the importance of context for entrepreneurial support for both groups.