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Dreaming about being an entrepreneur


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This presentation introduces the Entrepreneurship and Innovation iTeam of the iFoundry iCommunity. Laura Hollis discusses some of the ways to be come engaged as a student entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

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Dreaming about being an entrepreneur

  1. 1. Dreaming about being an entrepreneur?<br />What’s it all about, anyway?<br />What does it take to be an entrepreneur?<br />What do they do?<br />Are there things here at Illinois I can do?<br />Prof. Laura L. Hollis, Esq.<br />Dr. Pete Dragic<br />iFoundry launch, August 22, 2009<br />
  2. 2. What do entrepreneurs do?<br />Entrepreneurs find OPPORTUNITIES in PROBLEMS<br />They develop SOLUTIONS to those problems<br />They build an ENTERPRISE, a BUSINESS or a VENTURE around those solutions<br />They assemble RESOURCES, like PEOPLE and CAPITAL<br />They are willing to take CALCULATED, EDUCATED RISKS<br />They learn from FAILURE, and ADAPT<br />
  3. 3. Could I be an entrepreneur?<br /><ul><li>Entrepreneurs are made, not born
  4. 4. Serious work ethic!
  5. 5. Autonomous
  6. 6. Motivated by PASSION to SOLVE PROBLEMS
  7. 7. Not greed!
  8. 8. High sense of self-efficacy
  9. 9. Confidence (comes from EXPERIENCE)
  10. 10. Tolerance for RISK</li></li></ul><li>What’s available here at Illinois?<br />Guest lectures (designmatters)<br />Classes<br />Certificate programs<br />Competitions (I2P, Cozad, Lemelson)<br />Student Organizations (IEN, EWBs, SIFE)<br />Technology Entrepreneur Center (Engineering)<br />Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Business)<br />