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Life Stories


The entrepreneurs within the ELIE project arrived moved away from the countries of their birth for a number of reasons; education, marriage, fleeing persecution, economic migration and joining family. The interviewing stage of the ELIE project uncovered clear trends in the entrepreneurial life-courses of participants that have enabled three routes into entrepreneurship and distinct categories of international entrepreneurship to be developed. Some of these categories are also clearly applicable across entrepreneurship more generally, and offer generalised lessons for those seeking to support or develop entrepreneurship themselves or as a tool for economic growth within a town, city or country. Other categories noted in this research seem to be are particularly common amongst immigrant entrepreneurs. It is also the case that some individuals fit across routes and categories and these categories are by no means exhaustive.

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