Student-Led Microenterprise

Understanding the Role of Student-led Microenterprise

In the last decade, university student-run microenterprise organizations have emerged to offer direct services (both training and financing) to small business owners in their local communities. BOI closely followed the development of this emerging movement and created resources for student groups looking to build capacity to serve microentrepreneurs.

Two studies explored the evolution of the movement, the range of organizations represented (from academic programs to professional nonprofits), their strengths and challenges, as well as their potential impact on the field.

The publications are written for student groups, but can also be useful for startup and small scale microenterprise organizations looking to improve their marketing and data collections practices.