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Laurina Zhang | Study shows the power of entrepreneurship training programs for women, minorities

  • The Globe and Mail
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  • Mar 17, 2017
Laurina Zhang | Study shows the power of entrepreneurship training programs for women, minorities

New research has shown that entrepreneurship programs have a more profound and long-term benefit for women and minorities than Caucasian men.

Assistant Professor Laurina Zhang’s study, Creating Entrepreneurs: The Impact of Entrepreneurship Programs on Minorities, co-written with Elizabeth Lyons, assistant professor at University of California, San Diego, followed 188 undergrad students in North America who went through an entrepreneurship training program between 2011 and 2015.

Their report found there was “an increase in the likelihood that minorities subsequently pursue entrepreneurial activity,” particularly in the technology sector, following participation in the program.

“What we’re showing is that for a particular group of people [minorities and women], the benefits provided by the program are very important and difficult to access in the absence of the program,” Zhang says.