The new generation: characteristics and motivations of BME graduate entrepreneurs

Javed Hussain, Jonathan Scott, Paul Hannon

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    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to profile the characteristics and entrepreneurial motivations of graduate entrepreneurs from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. Design/methodology/approach - To gather the data, the authors interviewed selected individuals from within the BME community (including current students and graduates from various universities, predominantly in the West Midlands, UK), analysed the transcripts and compared the findings with the review of literature. Findings - Evidence suggests that BME graduate entrepreneurs were diverse in terms of their characteristics: size, gender, ethnicity and when they started the business. Almost all interviewees had worked for someone before they started their business. The two most compelling motivations for start up were
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)582-596
    JournalEducation + Training
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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