Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)

Abstract

Disability and Entrepreneurship in Spain. Reality and Initial Hypothesis1

Author(s): Mª Belén García-Palma, Mª Isabel Sánchez-Mora Molina

This article presents the results obtained in the quantitative phase of a broader Research Project called "Disability and Entrepreneurship. Competence Analysis". The objective of such research is to know the reality of entrepreneurship of people with disabilities in Spain, so that it is possible to subsequently establish different research hypotheses which indicate which are the key variables to enquire into entrepreneurship of people with disabilities and to intervene in it. The descriptive results of the survey, which was conducted among people with disabilities, indicate the favourable attitude for such collective to launch a business as an alternative conductive to their personal, economic and social development. Nevertheless, the activity of the launched business is affected by weaknesses which hinder its development and jeopardize its survival, what reinforces the hypothesis that the acquisition and development of certain competencies is an aspect that can improve business profitability of launched projects.