by the Kauffman Foundation.

What is entrepreneurship?

The Kauffman Foundation strives to be the leading foundation in entrepreneurship. Yet, we struggle to answer this question.

This question is deeper than a dictionary search. This question has become a philosophical debate among my friends, and among the ecosphere of researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs themselves.

Is an entrepreneur anyone who is self-employed? A consultant? An Uber driver? Do they need to have employees? Is an entrepreneur any business owner, or does it require a new innovation or creation? At what point in that firm’s life does the founder lose the title of “entrepreneur” to simply become “CEO” or “business owner”?

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