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Bradford-Osborne Research Award

The Bradford-Osborne Research Award is the first national award recognizing research published in peer-reviewed journals that contributes to advancing the growth of businesses owned by people of color. The first recipients of this annual award will be celebrated in a national presentation on October 22, 2020.

From Research to Action

The Bradford-Osborne Research Award Ceremony

October 22, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PDT
Awards Ceremony and Presentations by Zoom

Join leaders from the corporate, philanthropic, academic, and public policy worlds to hear an engaging talk excerpted from this year’s winning scholars and meet the award’s founders.

Award Winners

2020 Bradford-Osborne Award

For the inaugural award, Peter Younkin’s (University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business) 2017 Management Science paper, co-authored with Venkat Kuppuswamy (Northeastern University, D’Amore-McLKim School of Business), entitled “The Colorblind Crowd? Founder Race and Performance in Crowdfunding” was nominated and has been selected as the winner of the Bradford-Osborne Research Award. The review committee comprised of Foster faculty was impressed by the unique combination of methods and concrete/evidence-based recommendations regarding the disadvantage that African American men face when attempting to raise funding.

Peter Younkin
Venkat Kuppuswamy

Lifetime Leadership Award

Timothy Bates is the Distinguished Professor of Economics at Wayne State University (ret). Since 1973, Tim has published nearly 100 peer-review articles, 30 articles in the business and popular press, and five books on issues related to entrepreneurs of color. Prior to teaching at Wayne State he was Chair of the Urban Policy Analysis graduate programs and Professor or Urban Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont. He’s also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Timothy Bates

About the Bradford-Osborne Research Award

Bill Bradford (left) and Al Osborne (right)

Bill Bradford (left) and Al Osborne (right)

Named for its founders, Bill Bradford and Al Osborne, who, over their 40+ year careers, have published more than 60 research articles focused on entrepreneurs of color and the dynamics of their businesses. Their funding of this award is yet another of their many innovations.

In addition to recognizing groundbreaking research, the award seeks to stimulate additional research, provide public and corporate policy makers with insights to guide decision-making, and equip business support organizations to deliver impactful programming.

While not often in the spotlight, small businesses in the US account for nearly 50% of the private sector workforce. Between 2002 and 2016, small businesses in the US that were owned by people of color added 4 million new employees, accounting for all the net new jobs at small businesses. Given the US’s changing demographics, this trend will likely continue. While people of color owned businesses are adding employees at a faster rate than their White peers, they remain smaller and more fragile. Research like that done by Bradford and Osborne address both the opportunities and challenges for these businesses.

William “Bill” Bradford is an Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., is the founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is also a Professor of Global Economics, Management, and Entrepreneurship

Online application for the 2021 Bradford-Osborne Award will be available in November and the application deadline is March 31, 2021. For information or to be added to the list of people who will be notified when the application is available, please contact Michael Verchot ([email protected]).