Latino education entrepreneurs are underrepresented in the portfolios of education investors, according to a new report, which argues that venture capitalists, community organizations, and professional organizations can take steps to bridge that gap.

The report, released by the NewSchools Venture Fund, which invests in education companies, points to a number of factors that undermine Latino-led companies’ ability to secure investment and scale-up.

Many Latino entrepreneurs are inspired to build education businesses because they want to give back to their communities. Yet qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted for the report also found that Latino entrepreneurs are more likely to shoulder personal responsibilities, such as having a part-time or full-time job outside of their entrepreneurial ventures, leaving little time to focus on developing a new business.

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