Policy brief on access to finance for inclusive and social entrepreneurship: what role can fintech and financial literacy play?
This policy brief presents evidence on the access to finance challenges faced by entrepreneurs from under-represented and disadvantaged groups and social entrepreneurs, and discusses how public policy and better regulation could harness the potential of fintech to address these challenges.
Supporting social enterprise: the role of government
Australia’s social enterprises can make a significant contribution toward a more equitable society, but are constrained by limited financial, public policy and other ‘ecosystem’ supports, according to the authors of this paper.
SME digitalisation to "build back better"
This policy paper aims to improve understanding on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) responded to the COVID-19 crisis and adapted to the new environment, and how different players in their ecosystems are contributing to their digital transition.
Australia’s social venture ecosystem: understanding the support and development landscape
This research report focuses on Australia’s social venture ecosystem – the entrepreneurial ecosystem that grows and sustains social ventures across Australia.
Back to basics: a new model for business creation in remote Indigenous communities
This paper calls for an overhaul of the current approach to Indigenous economic participation through business creation. It outlines a practical model for remote Indigenous communities that harnesses the fundamental principle of supply and demand, and what the authors identify as the three foundations of...
Place-based policy options for entrepreneurship in a post-COVID Canada
Conceding that while the Canadian regional dynamic will never be fully immunised from economic inequities, the authors of this report believe that the proposals they outline will provide a workable, place-responsive, and efficient means of leveraging the post-COVID recovery as a catalyst for a stronger...
Backing black business: greater financial inclusion for Australia’s Indigenous business sector
This report outlines the factors that limit the ability of Indigenous businesses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs to access the financial products and services they need across the business lifecycle, with the objective of contributing to the ongoing discourse around supporting Indigenous businesses.
Entrepreneurship in Australia and the United States
Growing new ventures to a global scale is vitally important for the development of Australia’s entrepreneurial ecosystems. Australia has a very high proportion of small businesses, but both entrepreneurial activity and attitudes lag the United States.
Isolated AgTech in Australia? A social network analysis of an innovative sector
Social networks are an integral component of entrepreneurial ecosystems. This study builds on an academic body of research into social networks between centres of innovation capital and geographically distant entrepreneurial ecosystems seeking funding.
The missing entrepreneurs 2019
This report contains two thematic policy chapters on the potential of digital entrepreneurship for making entrepreneurship more inclusive and increasing the scale-up potential of start-ups by entrepreneurs from disadvantaged groups. These thematic chapters discuss current policy issues and present the range of policy actions currently...
Seven steps to SUCCESS: enabling refugee entrepreneurs to flourish
Despite the huge challenges they face, refugees are the most entrepreneurial migrants in Australia and they are nearly twice as likely to be entrepreneurs as Australian taxpayers in general. Yet refugee entrepreneurship hardly features in public debate and receives little policy support.
Crafting self: promoting the making self in the creative micro-economy
The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...
Evidence of migrant business ownership and entrepreneurship in regions
Greater migrant business ownership in regional Australia is desirable as they contribute to the vibrancy of the region and often have a strong desire to ‘give back’ to their communities.
Ongoing growth in the number of Indigenous Australians in business
This paper explores some of the key factors that are impacting on Indigenous business development, including issues about the economics of discrimination and remoteness. The paper also outlines policy implications that arise from the analysis.
Entrepreneurial beginnings: transitions to self-employment and the creation of jobs
This paper addresses two questions: what characteristics are associated with entrepreneurship (starting a self-employed business); and which sorts of entrepreneurs are more successful (create jobs)?
The decline of small business: how red tape is undermining opportunity, prosperity, and community
Small business and entrepreneurship is the life blood of a dynamic and growing economy. Newer, smaller businesses can inject innovative ideas and challenge outdated methods. This report investigates the impact of Australia’s falling rate of entrepreneurship on the business structure.
Ava go, ya mug! How Australia can stop fearing failure and embrace the best of American innovation culture
Drawing on insights from the United States' experience, this paper assesses the cultural challenge of embracing failure constructively.
Private and community sector initiatives in refugee employment and entrepreneurship
This working paper explores the experiences of refugee entrepreneurs in Australia and reviews the policies and programs designed to assist refugee entrepreneurs in Australia and other countries.
Entrepreneurship dynamics in Australia: lessons from micro-data
Using a large firm-level dataset covering the years 2002 to 2015, this paper explores the dynamics of entrepreneurship in Australia and their evolution over time.
The state of small business: Putting UK entrepreneurs on the map
This report is a data-led guide to the state of small business in the UK, examining local-authority level characteristics of SME growth, productivity and other factors.
The role of VET in the entrepreneurial ecosystem
This report explores the concept of entrepreneurialism in the twenty-first century, noting particularly the challenges implicit in the implementation of entrepreneurial practices, including teaching and learning for entrepreneurship, specifically for the vocational education and training (VET) system.
SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide entrepreneurship (July 2017)
The purpose of this survey was to investigate how Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries are supporting campus entrepreneurship, both inside and outside of the classroom.
The future of work: setting kids up for success
The future of work offers a heady mixture of excitement and promise as new ways of working become embedded in the economy, along with the worry of how and if each of us can make our way in a rapidly changing work landscape.
Social media and the Australian Army
For this episode, Andrew interviewed Major Mick Cook from the Australian Army. In recent years the Army has withdrawn from deployments in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands (but been sent back to Iraq). Its soldiers are having to learn lessons from past conflicts and...
National Innovation and Science Agenda: Welcome to the ideas boom
Outlines the initiatives being introduced as part of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda. Introduction There has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian. Advances in technology are transforming just about every part of our lives, from the way we...