The question of entrepreneurship as part of the solution to global poverty is receiving increasing attention from scholars, economic development professionals, government officials, NGOs, and others. Yet, little evidence exists regarding the extent to which entrepreneurship actually moves individuals and their families out of poverty. While much of the research has been conducted in a developing country context, there is growing interest in the role of venture creation by those in poverty and disadvantaged circumstances (including many minorities, refugees, and the formerly incarcerated), in developed economies. Europe represents a case in point.

In this two-hour session, three of the leading scholars in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship share perspectives on issues surrounding entrepreneurship as a poverty alleviation tool in Europe.


  • Introduction – The Poverty Challenge in Developed Economies – Michael Morris
  • Poverty and Necessity versus Opportunity-driven Entrepreneurship – Sophie Bacq
  • Entrepreneurial Responses to Poverty and other Adversity – Dean Shepherd
  • Panel Discussion: Can Entrepreneurship Make a Dent in Poverty?


  • Dr. Sophie Bacq, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Indiana University
  • Dr. Dean Shepherd, Ray & Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship, Notre Dame
  • Dr. Michael Morris, McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business, Notre Dame
  • Dr. Clemens Sedmak, Professor of Social Ethics; Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies (moderator)


  • McKenna Center for Human Development & Global Business
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies
  • Center for Social Concerns
  • Pulte Institute for Global Development

September 10, 2022

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