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Although much attention has been given to structural inequality as it manifests in the criminal justice context, little has been said about economic inequality as it relates to the startup ecosystem. This Article details how the historic creation of the wealth gap affects entrepreneurship, highlighting how the wealth gap adversely impacts entrepreneurs of color. Entrepreneurship is a compelling solution to wealth inequality, but wealth inequality can be an impediment to success in entrepreneurship. This Article explains how the United States’ history of bolstering wealth creation for some, while inhibiting wealth creation for people of color, matters for understanding the startup ecosystem today. This Article describes how access to traditional and innovative sources of capital raising perpetuates the racial wealth gap, and this Article makes concrete proposals for addressing these shortcomings.


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  • Subject
    • Business Organizations Law

    • Civil Rights and Discrimination

    • Race and Ethnicity

  • Journal title
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal

  • Volume
    • 62

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Pagination
    • 419-460

  • Date submitted

    6 September 2022