I like research and I read a lot of reports and data. This summer, the ICIC released a report entitled Creating Inclusive High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs and it is perhaps the most impactful research study I have read in recent memory. Many people have identified diversity as a significant challenge facing business incubators today, however the field lacked the facts needed to validate this concern and the data needed to start addressing the issue. I posted the research on my blog and your responses were amazing, The feedback was unanimous. We need more research like this!
I was honored to speak with Lena and Kim, the researchers that executed the project. Take a listen to our in-depth conversation discussing the research study about diversity in business incubators, how it is affecting the economic impact they create, the best practices they found and what they hope you will do with this report. In addition, the ICIC is hosting an in person discussion to talk about inclusiveness in business incubators so now is a great time to join the discussion! Register Here.
As a women business owner advocate, I want to add a big THANK YOU to ICIC and JP Morgan for elevating this dialogue.
See Lena and Kim’s full bio below and download the enter report on PDF here.
Lena Ferguson is a research analyst at ICIC where she supports ICIC’s research and advisory projects encompassing topics like incubators and accelerators, anchor institution procurement, food system resilience, and industry clusters. Lena holds a BA in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and will begin pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design this fall.
Kim Zeuli, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Research and Advisory Practice at ICIC. Kim defines and implements ICIC’s research agenda and directs the advisory services practice that works with clients across the U.S. Kim received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and has over 15 years of experience researching and advising on economic development issues. She has published dozens of academic and professional articles and is co-editor of the book Revitalizing American Cities (2013). Kim has held academic positions at the College of William and Mary, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Kentucky.