Chapter 8: Building supportive infrastructure for low-incomeentrepreneurs
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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