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Long and winding road? Barriers and supporting factors as perceived by entrepreneurs with disabilities

Sara Csillag (Budapest Business School, Budapest, Hungary)
Zsuzsanna Gyori (Budapest Business School, Budapest, Hungary)
Carmen Svastics (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 28 March 2019

Issue publication date: 18 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the barriers entrepreneurs with disabilities (EWD) face when establishing their own enterprises, as well as the supporting factors in starting and running a business.

Design/methodology/approach

This is an explorative study. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with ten Hungarian entrepreneurs with physical disabilities or sight-loss, during the summer of 2018.

Findings

The paper classifies the barriers and supporting factors, as personal, economic and social. Based on the perceptions of the entrepreneurs, personal characteristics, identity and various types of family support play an important role in becoming entrepreneurs, but the entrepreneurial ecosystem generally is not favourable in Hungary, and there are no special support programmes focussing on EWD.

Research limitations/implications

Sample size is a serious limitation: the ten entrepreneurs do not represent in any sense the entire EWD community in Hungary, so the patterns found cannot be considered a generally valid picture.

Originality/value

The article contributes to the literature on entrepreneurship and disabilities, especially through the systematic review of the possible barriers and supporting factors and to the existing empirical body of knowledge by shedding light on the barriers and supporting factors in a rarely investigated region, in Central Europe: Hungary.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a grant from the Higher Education Institutional Excellence Programme of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities to the Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences (20405-3/2018/FEKUTSTART).

Citation

Csillag, S., Gyori, Z. and Svastics, C. (2019), "Long and winding road? Barriers and supporting factors as perceived by entrepreneurs with disabilities", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 13 No. 1/2, pp. 42-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-11-2018-0097

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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