The new generation: characteristics and motivations of BME graduate eEntrepreneurs

Javed Hussain, Jonathan Scott, Paul Hannon

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The purpose of this research is to profile the characteristics and entrepreneurial motivations of graduate entrepreneurs from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. The authors found 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 'being your own boss', especially for Indians and Bangladeshis; and making more money (31%), in particular for African Caribbeans. Over half of interviewees started a business in a sector in which they had prior experience, knowledge or skills. Two thirds of interviewees obtained advice from family and friends, while just over a third had completed any kind of training or course. This study has provided an insight into characteristics and entrepreneurial motivations of BME graduate entrepreneurs. Though the results of this study are indicative, there is a compelling case for further research into this relatively unexplored group.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham
PublisherAston University
ISBN (Print)9781854497192
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Bibliographical note



  • entrepreneurs
  • enterprise education
  • ethnic minorities
  • graduates
  • small firms
  • motivations


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