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Business Resources for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Entrepreneurship

Resources, and search strategies for researching diversity, equity and inclusion in business. Topics covered include workplace diversity, entrepreneurship, ethical issues in the finance, health and high tech industries and current topics

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

There are documented additional barriers and hurdles that women, people of color, and other marginalized populations need to overcome that make it more difficult to create new businesses and start the path to entrepreneurship. Some of the most well known include finding seed money and investors, as well as additional hurdles.

Below are our recommended resources for learning about and identifying strategies for overcoming those hurdles.


We recommend the following research studies to get a full understanding of the role that race plays in entrepreneurship:

Books and ebooks

The following books and ebooks are all available directly from the University of Rochester


To locate additional books from our collections, we suggest the following search terms:

  • Entrepreneurship diversity
  • Entrepreneurship minority
  • Entrepreneurship women
  • Entrepreneurship African-Americans

Conferences and Events: 2020 and 2021

Conferences present the opportunity to see and hear the top thinkers, researchers, and practitioners in the field-and many make information accessible even for those that do not attend.  For events previously held, you can visit the conference site to locate the names and contact of past speakers, and often download PowerPoints, audio, or video of selected presentations. You can also look to see if there will be another event held next year. For upcoming events, you can also locate experts, and get a sense of the key and emerging issues by reviewing the upcoming talks and presentations

Previously Held Events

Upcoming Conferences

Recommended UR Databases

  • ProQuest ABI/Inform
  • Business Source Premier
  • Factiva

For tips on searching these databases, see the "Database Search Tips" box below

Open Web Searching

In addition to our own databases, Google Scholar can also be a fruitful source for finding scholarly articles on diversity and entrepreneurship. Here are a few examples of recent articles you can find there:

  • Closing Diversity Gaps in Innovation: Gender, Race, and Income Disparities in Patenting and Commercialization of Inventions. H Fechner, MS Shapanka - Technology & Innovation, 2018
  • Aldawood, Almas, "Women Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership Perception, And Barriers" (2020). Educational and Organizational Learning and Leadership Dissertations. 
  • Women Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Review to Outline the Boundaries of Scientific Literature; Front. Psychol., 17 July 2020 |

Consider doing an Advanced Search on Google Scholar to better target your search results. In the image below, you will see that the word "entrepreneurship" was inserted in the "all of the words" box; while the words: diversity minority "african american" and women  were entered in the "at least one of the words" box. In the "Return articles dated between," we specified a time range of 2012-2020

Government Agencies: Surveys, Reports, Services

The U.S. government is one of the best sources for locating data, reports, studies, and policy papers and recommendations on DEI issues and entrepreneurship. Below are a few of the most recent and prominent resources.

TIP:  To locate additional resources on this topic from the US government, we recommend using the following search on Google: entrepreneurship diversity OR women OR inclusion barriers

Management Consultants

An alternative source to consider when researching diversity and entrepreneurship are management consultants and trainers who often write articles, advisories, and strategies as part of their mission to enhance start ups and minority owned businesses. Below is the name of one such organization, which focuses specifically on helping the LBGQ+  population start new businesses.

Research Reports

To find additional reports in addition to those we provide below, we suggest the following keyword search on Google.

As with all Google searches, you will want to experiment with your keywords to end up with as many relevant reports as possible. Note that this search requires that Google return only PDF documents, which helps ensure that these will be substantive reports.

diversity OR "african americans" OR women OR inclusion OR minorities "entrepreneurship" filetype:pdf

and to limit reports only from governmental sites, you can modify the above search as follows: diversity OR "african americans" OR women OR inclusion OR minorities "entrepreneurship" filetype:pdf

Social Media Influencers

The below sites will all direct you to dozens of social media influencers in the area of diversity and entrrpreneurship. In addition, a timely article that is worth reading is "Black Influencers Respond to Brands Black Lives Matter Posts."

Locating Women and People of Color Owned Companies

There are several databases and free on the Web resources that will permit you to generate a list of women and people of color owned businesses. Here are our recommendations and instructions for generating such a list

UR Library Databases


Go to the U.S. Businesses Database and select Advanced Search. In the Executives options select Executive Gender to filter for Male or Female or Executive Ethnicity to filter for one or more listed ethnicities. Alternatively, when you have a list of search results, if you select Download > Custom you can add the Executive Gender and Executive Ethnicity fields to the list of columns to export.

Open Web Database


Crunchbase, a free database of hundreds of thousands of start-ups, venture funded and small tech companies, has introduced a feature that includes a filter that permits users to generate a list of companies that are led or founded by Blacks, Latinex or other diverse populations You can link directly to the site here: