Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Kelly Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She also holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has lead undergraduate-level Venture Creation Programmes at Coventry University and the University of Huddersfield, and student and graduate entrepreneurship initiatives across the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Kelly Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She also holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham. She has lead undergraduate-level Venture Creation Programmes at Coventry University and the University of Huddersfield, and student and graduate entrepreneurship initiatives across the West Midlands and Yorkshire. Her research interests include drivers and barriers to engagement with student and graduate business start-up, and the impact of enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Kelly is the current Co-Chair of ISBE’s Enterprise Education conference track, and a founding Co-Chair of the joint ISBE/EEUK Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest. She is a Fellow and an Honorary Life Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK, the national network of enterprise and entrepreneurship educators in Higher Education.
Published: 10 September 2020
Promotion and support of youth entrepreneurship is an important aspect of wider entrepreneurship policy and economic growth. It is particularly called for in times of economic crisis as a mechanism for offsetting the negative effects of youth unemployment. Engagement with youth entrepreneurship develops skills, confidence, and attributes such as self-reliance. Benefits to society potentially include job creation and increased innovation. Young people are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship as a career option but are far less likely to take action. Barriers to start-up include lack of awareness, role models, and skills; difficulty accessing finance; and lack of support infrastructure. Policy interventions include enterprise education; access to finance; and mentoring and business support schemes. Research specifically exploring the experience of young entrepreneurs is limited and there is a risk that policy recommendations and implementations may not match the specific needs of young people as a result. Research is particularly needed to explore gender and ethnicity differences, and the reasons behind business success and closure.
Published: 29 January 2020
A direct link between entrepreneurship education within Higher Education and business start-up and other economic growth measures is often assumed. The supporting literature on this is limited, however, with few studies looking at impact measures relating to actual venture creation. Where studies do exist, there is evidence of a generally positive relationship between engagement with entrepreneurship education programmes and outcomes such as entrepreneurial intent, acquisition of business-related skills and knowledge, actual business start-up, and company growth. Further research with an increased level of methodological rigour and which follows participants over a longer time period is needed, however, to confirm and better understand the situations in which the impacts important for economic growth can be created.