Increasing access to entrepreneurship for underserved populations is the primary goal of our work at Forward Cities. Most often, we focus on decreasing barriers to business ownership for underserved populations though interventions identified by the local community. To support our work, we wanted to review the existing literature supporting the effectiveness of various programs.
As part of an internship program last summer and fall, I led a team conducting a systematic review of the peer reviewed literature. Through the internship, students learned about systemic inequities in the rates of entrepreneurship, the underlying root causes of these inequities, and programs being used to increase access to entrepreneurship in the United States. The team collaborated on all stages of the systematic review design including establishing clear research objectives, a literature search strategy, abstract and full text review tracking, and the production of a research paper suitable for a peer review publication.
We are excited to share our working paper and welcome your feedback and comments on this manuscript.