The UPO promotes research activities on entrepreneurship and well-being…


The Pablo de Olavide University (UPO) of Seville promotes a research and dissemination initiative on entrepreneurship and psychosocial well-being with a gender approach, called ‘Ecreabien’, through an international team led by Ana Pérez-Luño, professor at Olavide; Ute Stephan of King’s College London (KCL); and Johan Wiklund, from Syracuse University (USA).

After the success of the project ‘Supporting Entrepreneurship during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Global Study of Entrepreneurs; Resilience and Well-being’, led by KCL with the participation of this research group, the three universities have recently signed an agreement to continue this collaboration, according to the UPO in a press release.

In this case, the objective goes beyond promoting research on entrepreneurship. ‘Ecreabien’ aims to be a platform that supports and advises entrepreneurs on issues as important as creativity, resilience and psychosocial well-being.

Thus, based on the knowledge generated in this work, ‘Ecreabien’ was born, with the aim of focusing on the importance of the psychosocial well-being of self-employed workers and within small businesses, providing tools to support creativity and welfare after the crisis caused by Covid-19. Another of its objectives is to adapt research on entrepreneurship issues to take gender differences into account.

Currently, ‘Ecreabien’ is financed with two projects led by Ana Pérez-Luño: ‘Entrepreneurial creativity as a key resource for innovation and economic and psychosocial well-being in times of crisis: a gender analysis’ and ‘Innovation in start-ups: a contingent analysis of entrepreneurial creativity, characteristics of the founding team and participation in acceleration programs’. This second project is also led by Antonio Carmona Lavado, professor at the UPO.

Pérez-Luño is a researcher at the Inn-Lab, a Pablo de Olavide University research center on innovation, entrepreneurship and family business, and has directed, among others, the study ‘Coping with the stress of being an entrepreneur in times of Covid-19’, a work that had the participation of 245 self-employed workers, SMEs and Spanish startups from different sectors of activity and that has verified the gender differences when evaluating the psychosocial well-being of this group during the pandemic.

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