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business incubators, equity, diversity, inclusion, EDI, incubators


The title of this research paper is, “How do incubators help entrepreneurs think about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in relation to the ventures they are supporting? There is little literature on this combination of topics. It is an important topic because EDI is being integrated into public policy and rhetoric. Five incubator managers were interviewed, and their responses were similar despite the differences in their location and population being served. It was found that interviewed incubators were highly skilled, yet the responses demonstrated that EDI is still in the early stages of development and that they do aspire to engage with EDI or with a culturally appropriate adaption of EDI based on their culture. It is suggested that future research be conducted on how agencies conceptualize and practice EDI within their own agency and with the populations they serve.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Costin, D. (2024). Business incubators and the application of equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) [Unpublished paper]. Sheridan College.

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