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December 5, 2022

Investors could make another £500m a year by backing disabled founders 

Disabled business owners are overrepresented in society, but struggle to find investment opportunities

Tim Smith

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Celia Hensman, founding director at the Disability Policy Centre

Disabled founders are systemically excluded from the investment ecosystem despite the huge value they bring to the economy, according to a new report by the campaign group Access2Funding.

A survey of more than 200 UK entrepreneurs living with a disability, who have either recently sought or received funding, found that 84% of respondents believe they don’t have equal access to the same opportunities and resources as non-disabled entrepreneurs.

This is despite the fact that a quarter of small business owners in the UK are disabled, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, while around 21% of people of working age are thought to live with a disability. It’s worth remembering that this group doesn’t only refer to people with obvious sensory or mobility impairments, and that the majority of disabilities aren’t immediately visible to people.

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