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Younger entrepreneurs do have some advantages. As a group, they are healthier and tend to have fewer family obligations. They may be less risk-averse, often because they have less to lose. They may also benefit from others’ positive perceptions of them as “youthful”.
But mature-aged entrepreneurs have three key advantages: human capital, social capital, and financial capital.
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New research suggests mature-aged entrepreneurship – after the age of 50 – is growing faster than among any other age group in Australia.
Mature-aged entrepreneurs run about a third of all businesses that are less than three years old. (All up, mature-aged entrepreneurs have started about 3...
That’s an important policy point for governments that want people to keep working (and paying taxes) longer even though employment prospects for job seekers decline significantly from about the age of 45.
Rather than just putting money into “job-ready” programs or subsidies to employers to ...
Older entrepreneurs have accumulated business and life experience, knowledge and skills, social networks, and resources that better equip them for success. They tend to have better social skills and are better able to regulate their emotions, than those younger.
They do have a lower risk to...
The biographies of these tech billionaires who achieved great success in their twenties have helped cement the perception that entrepreneurship is a young person’s game.
Such stories are the exception rather than the norm. Starting young can have some clear advantages. For one thing, it gi...
All evidence points to founders being especially successful when starting businesses in middle age or beyond, while young founders appear disadvantaged”.
The “batting average” for creating successful firms rose dramatically with age. A 50-year-old founder was 1.8 times more likely to achiev...
Entrepreneurship may therefore be a viable alternative to mature-aged unemployment.
There is, however, compelling evidence that aspiring mature-aged entrepreneurs require specialized government support and incentives, both to start their businesses and grow their businesses.
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