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Poverty and Entrepreneurship in Developed Economies

Michael H. Morris, Susana C. Santos and Xaver Neumeyer

While extensively explored as a solution to poverty at the base of the pyramid, this is the first in-depth examination of entrepreneurship and the poor within advanced economies. The authors explore the underlying nature of poverty and draw implications for new venture creation. Entrepreneurship is presented as a source of empowerment that represents an alternative pathway out of poverty.
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Chapter 8: Building supportive infrastructure for low-incomeentrepreneurs

Michael H. Morris, Susana C. Santos and Xaver Neumeyer


Infrastructure is defined and a distinction is drawn between general infrastructure in the neighborhoods and communities of the poor and entrepreneurship-specific infrastructure, or the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ways in which components of each affect the poor and their ventures are identified. The dynamic nature of infrastructure is emphasized. Challenges confronted by the poor in accessing the elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem are examined. The role of infrastructure components across the stages of venture development are assessed, and implications are drawn for those in poverty attempting to start and grow ventures.

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