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ELIE: Lived Experience of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Report

ELIE  - Lived Experience of Immigrant Entrepreneurs - the report on the first workpackage of the ELIE project is now available on the ELIE website under Publications.This report details the approaches used and results of the ELIE project in its first year and sets out how the next part of the project will be developed. It provides the first detail of the exciting findings of the ELIE team and shows how the use of taxonomies of immigrant entrepreneurship can be applied to help potential entrepreneurs fit their skills to new markets.

We have many positive findings that highlight the significant benefits immigrant entrepreneurs bring to their new country including investment, jobs, cultural awareness and innovations. Our key findings include that there are institutional barriers to entrepreneurship amongst immigrants that could be overcome with relatively simple and cost-effective initiatives.

Key Recommendations include developing short courses for immigrants interested in entrepreneurship, and delivered via their community places, so that they can learn business planning skills, access business networks and receive help applying for business start-up grants. We also recommend that language learning within schools and HEIs focus on developing excellent speaking skills as even where individuals had prior school-level qualifications in the language of the country they were moving to this was reported as being inadequate for entrepreneurship.

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