Inclusive Entrepreneurial Environments

By stephbrox | August 04, 2021, 5:08pm EDT

Date: 12/2/2021


Paige Clayton | Assistant Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech | LinkedIn

Astrid Marinoni | Assistant Professor, Strategy & Innovation, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech | LinkedIn

Tricia Steele | President, MakerVillage | LinkedIn

Bonika Wilson | Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Invest Atlanta | LinkedIn

Dr. Paige Clayton will cover findings from her recent research on the emergence of the entrepreneurial ecosystem around the Research Triangle region and preview early work replicating this study in Georgia. She will focus specifically on the role of policy, finance, entrepreneurial support organizations, and the founders themselves. To further advance support, Dr. Clayton will present a call to action for collecting more real-time data on entrepreneurship in Georgia that can inform public and private efforts to create inclusive economic prosperity through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Following this, Dr. Astrid Marinoni will bring new evidence to answer the question: who gains from high-quality entrepreneurship? This is crucial to understanding whether investments in incubating potentially innovative start-up firms will produce socially beneficial outcomes. Her research combines new aggregate measures of local-area income inequality and income mobility with measures of high-quality entrepreneurship.

Joining the panel will be experts in the entrepreneurial support ecosystem including Tricia Steele, President of MakerVillage and Bonika Wilson, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Invest Atlanta. Each will offer perspective on how organizations and programs can support unserved or underserved entrepreneurs in the ecosystem, how this research helps us to further identify those methods, and how they reach entrepreneurs in their area.

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