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20th - 21st March 2024
NEC, Birmingham

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Being a Disabled Entrepreneur

22 Mar 2023
Lifestyle and Leisure

Being a Disabled Entrepreneur

Disabled entrepreneurs face a backdrop of palpable disparities, inaccessibility and barriers to participation and opportunity when seeking investment. Disabled-owned businesses contribute almost 10% of the UK's GDP. 25% of small businesses are disabled-owned. In this session, Celia and Jospeh will be exploring the importance of investing in disabled entrepreneurs and also divulging their own experiences as disabled founders. This session follows the release of the #Access2Funding campaign, backed by investors and leading disability-focused organisations, committed to improving the equity of disabled communities. Access2Funding is pulling together disabled community's entrepreneurs for the first time to achieve three fundamental aims: Collect ground breaking data on the barriers to disabled entrepreneurs growing their business, work with the global investment community to create more equitable support for disabled founders and grow a community of disabled founders and smashing the stigma around capability through storytelling.

Celia Hensman, Co-Founder & Director - The Disability Policy Centre
Joseph Williams, Co-Founder & CEO of Clu - Clu