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The Hincks Centre is involved in a diverse range of activities related to entrepreneurship, on campus and beyond.  Please click HERE to read a summary of these and click on the links provided for further details.

Missing Entrepreneurs: Research & Practice Opportunities in Minority Entrepreneurship

Friday 08 March 2019

10am - 12pm, Melbourn Building, first floor, CIT’s Bishopstown Campus.

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Missing Entrepreneurs: Research & Practice Opportunities in Minority Entrepreneurship

Recent annual reports by the OECD on 'Missing Entrepreneurs' have focused on Women, Immigrants, Youth, Unemployed, Seniors and People with Disabilities. But 'Missing Entrepreneurs' can also include other disadvantaged and marginalised communities such as Ex-Offenders, Travellers, NEETs, LGBT, Indigenous, Veterans and Refugees. There is a dearth of research regarding the entrepreneurial behaviour of many of these communities and the additional and distinctive challenges that they face when starting a business. This presentation questions the manner in which minority or disadvantaged communities are understood by researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and argues that substantial research and practice opportunities await those who wish to analyse entrepreneurial behaviour within these communities.


Thomas Cooney

Thomas Cooney is Professor in Entrepreneurship at Technological University Dublin, Academic Director of the Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland) and former Editor of the academic journal Small Enterprise Research. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the European Council for Small Business, a TedX Speaker and is Policy Advisor to Governments, the European Commission, OECD, European Training Foundation and other international organisations. He has a strong publications record in the field of entrepreneurship and his 10th book (Research Handbook on Minority Entrepreneurship) is due for publication in 2020. He is a director of several enterprises and additionally works with commercial and not-for-profit organisations in a variety of capacities. Full details of his academic career can be found at

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