Policy Brief: Digital Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color
This policy brief is based on presentations from expert scholars and practitioners who participated in the “Digital Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color” workshop sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and organized by the Center on Technology, Data and Society at Arizona State University during April 2021. This brief explains challenges that entrepreneurs of color face in harnessing the potential of technology as well as the promise that such technologies may offer. Technology may present opportunities to grow and thrive, through access to new markets, including those beyond local boundaries.
The workshop’s participants offered a toolkit of policies and practices for consideration by local leaders. Local governments play a critical role in the ecosystem needed to support technology use by businesses of color. Needs will differ across racial and ethnic groups, as well as for the context of the community, including whether it is urban, rural, growing, or struggling. We present a summary of the speakers’ recommendations below.