UK’s “hidden innovators”

6 05 2008

Research conducted by Cass Business School’s Centre for New Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CENTIVE), and sponsored by Microsoft, has revealed that a latent pool of hidden innovators could potentially add a staggering £15 Billion to the UK economy by 2012 if the right conditions were created according to the latest government figures.

The report, which combined in depth statistical research with qualitative case study analysis, was conducted over a six month period. It examined how to unlock the barriers and pathways to entrepreneurial innovation in three important groups, recognised for their entrepreneurial potential: “Olderpreneurs” (those aged over 50), individuals with a Black Minority and Ethnic (BME) background, and people with a disability (including dyslexia). One key to untapping economic potential in these groups is developing entrepreneurial self belief through better mentoring and support.

[See also Enabled for enterprise and BME students encouraged to be enterprising]

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