In this paper, Felecia Hatcher analyzes how too often “governments and leading organizations concerned about Black entrepreneurship and startup ecosystems tend to frame Black entrepreneurs from a deficit perspective.” Hatcher proposes that “Such deficit-based discussions, although well-intended, can be harmful to the success of Black entrepreneurism because they overlook the talents and assets of Black entrepreneurs while also not offering material opportunities. Instead of relying on such deficit-based narratives, a more positive approach is needed to appreciate how Black entrepreneurs have and can continue to contribute to the innovation economy.”

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