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E-ISSN: 2617-5762|P-ISSN: 2617-5754

2024, Vol. 7, Issue 1

Socioeconomic background and startup success: Exploring the influence of family income and social capital

Anushka Kumari

In the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, the influence of socioeconomic background on startup success has garnered increasing attention. This study investigates the interplay between family income, social capital, and startup success, aiming to discern their individual and collective impacts. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, quantitative analyses were conducted on a sample of startups, complemented by qualitative interviews with entrepreneurs. The findings reveal nuanced relationships between socioeconomic background and startup outcomes. Firstly, family income exhibited a significant correlation with initial startup capital, with higher income families providing greater financial resources for venture initiation. However, this financial advantage did not uniformly translate into long-term success. Rather, the presence of social capital emerged as a critical mediating factor. Entrepreneurs from higher income backgrounds often possessed access to expansive social networks, facilitating resource acquisition, mentorship, and market connections. Moreover, social capital was found to mitigate the impact of financial constraints, enabling startups from lower income backgrounds to leverage external resources effectively. Qualitative insights further elucidated the mechanisms through which social capital operates, emphasizing the importance of trust, reciprocity, and network diversity. Overall, this study underscores the multifaceted nature of startup success, highlighting the intertwined roles of family income and social capital. While financial resources provide a crucial foundation, the ability to leverage social networks emerges as a pivotal determinant of sustainable growth. Policymakers and practitioners should thus prioritize initiatives aimed at democratizing access to social capital, fostering inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems conducive to innovation and prosperity.
Pages : 72-75 | 92 Views | 45 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Anushka Kumari. Socioeconomic background and startup success: Exploring the influence of family income and social capital. Int J Res Finance Manage 2024;7(1):72-75. DOI: 10.33545/26175754.2024.v7.i1a.285
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