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The word entrepreneur refers to a person who has identified a need and has an innovative business idea to fill that void. Entrepreneurs are willing to take on the many risks of implementing their idea, and also take on the role as leader of their company or organization.
While the stereotypical image of an entrepreneur is of someone building a business from the ground up, there are other options as well, such as buying or adding to an existing business (for example, a franchise owner) or taking over a family-run business. A business entrepreneur is someone who has an idea or product for the business world. A social entrepreneur is someone who has innovative ideas for social change, or new solutions to social problems, and dedicates their time to bringing these ideas to fruition. A serial entrepreneur refers to someone who has a lot of ideas and constantly starts up new companies or enterprises to implement these ideas. A lifestyle entrepreneur refers to someone who starts up their idea or venture based on a sport, hobby or pastime they are passionate about. (Sokanu)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- Difference Between Self-Employed and Entrepreneurship - Ryerson University
- What is an Entrepreneur - Investopedia
- Entrepreneurship: Is it for You? - Alberta-based occupational information
- Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur - Business News Daily
Indigenous owned: A business model with a bright future - Business Development Canada
- 5 Indigenous Entrepreneurs Creating Social Change in Their Communities - Fashion Magazine
- A Day in the Life of a Entrepreneur - The Princeton Review (U.S)
- Sokanu: Entrepreneur - occupational profile and videos (U.S)
- A Day In The Life Of A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur - Mission.org
- Career profile: Entrepreneur (farm and family business) - Agriculture in the Classroom Canada
No specific educational requirements are required for entrepreneurship. Those wishing to teach entrepreneurship may require education at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. The University of Manitoba provides courses in entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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- Asper School of Business
- Undergraduate major: Entrepreneurship/Small Business
- MBA - Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialty area
- Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (available to all UofM students)
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- The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada - Government of Canada
- 2017 Canada Report on Youth Entrepreneurship - Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
- Trends in Firm Entry and New Entrepreneurship in Canada (2015) - Bank of Canada
- Canadian Startups That Could Hit a Billion Dollar Valuation - Macleans Business
Organizations in support of Entrepreneurship (Canada)
- Start UP Canada
- Futurpreneur Canada
- Venture for Canada - training and supporting youth to work at innovative Canadian startups and small businesses
- North Forge Technology Exchange
- Business Council of Manitoba
- Canada Federation of Independent Business
- SEED Winnipeg
- Business Development Canada (BDC)
- Aboriginal Business Canada - Government of Canada
- Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship (CCAE)
- Western Canada Business Service Network
- Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
- Women Business Owners of Manitoba
- A Compass to Canada's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (summary various types of organizations supporting Entrepreneurship) - Brookfield Institute