According to St. Louis University, approximately 224 universities and colleges now offer an entrepreneurship major worldwide. At the Dingman Center, we discover, equip, connect and celebrate entrepreneurs through our various programs and initiatives. But, what do we mean when we use the word “entrepreneurship”? Does it mean starting a business? Developing technology? Innovating in the workplace? Last week, I asked our community to give us their take on entrepreneurship by finishing the sentence “Entrepreneurship is…”
Here are some of the responses I saw on the Dingman Center’s Faecbook page:
” Entrepreneurship is inborn, just find it in yourself!” - Reha Gupta
“Entrepreneurship is wild and a rollercoaster” - Danial Dadkhoo
“Entrepreneurship is creating happy and healthy places where humans can work and play together on a shared goal” - Miriam Lemus
“Entre (many), prenew (idea + infancy), ur ship (your personal journey). All together, entrepreneurship is utilizing your skills to turn many new ideas into reality. Entrepreneurship is a journey that has no sail, but constant wind.” - Chris Lane
“Entrepreneurship is extreme focus and the opportunity to help change the world and give others jobs and opportunities.” - Danny Goldberg.
I asked our in-house entrepreneurship expert Elana Fine (@elanafine) who said “entrepreneurship is the path from uncertainty to certainty.” This is exactly what we teach the student entrepreneurs that spend sleepless nights in our bullpen. Start with an idea (uncertainty). Test the idea, do market research, get customer feedback, and maybe fail and start all over again. Once you’re convinced you have something worth pursuing (certainty), take the leap and DO IT! That journey is what we call entrepreneurship. What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Leave a comment and let us know.
Danielle Bennings (@dfbennings) is the Dingman Center’s Events and Marketing Coordinator, responsible for coordinating all Center events including Dingman Center Angels’ investor events, Pitch Dingman Competitions, Entrepreneurship Research Series, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and her favorite, Cupid’s Cup. Danielle also supports the marketing and outreach efforts of the center by contributing to the Center’s bi-weekly digest, The Pitch and the Dingman Center blog. Additionally, she manages the social media strategy. Danielle is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.