My venture development activities for physically and mentally-impaired entrepreneurs will be channelled through an enterprise and research center that will be set up for the activities of those entrepreneurs. The following sets out my outline conception for this center. A full funding proposal is available and has been submitted to research and organization sources of funding.
Project Title: “Disabled” Entrepreneurship? Creating Knowledge, Developing Skills, and Problem Solving for Organizations among Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally-impaired Entrepreneurs
Outline Conception:This outline concerns the establishment of the world’s first Research & Enterprise Cen ter for physically, mentally, and emotionally impaired entrepreneurs.Funding has been sought to establish this Center for an initial period of five calendar years. The estimated required funding will be USD 1.2 million a year over this period, which will include all capital and operating expenses for the Center, including full-time researchers on topics primarily related to physically and mentally impaired entrepreneurs.
The Center will be located at either an EU or a US university based on funders’ preferences. In building its reputation, the Center will be affiliated over the five-year period of its initial funding to one or more of its three academic promoters, in alphabetical order, Prof. Wilson Ng (Regent’s University, London), Dr. André Slowak (University of Roehampton, London), and Prof. Dianne Welsh (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).
The purpose of the Centre will be three-fold. Firstly, the Center will offer business and management consulting services, for example, on creative problem-solving, culture conflict, and human resource issues in organizations. In the performance of this role, the Center would act as a hub for the networks and resources of entrepreneurs and organizations who are affiliated and/or who consult with the Center.