Can entrepreneurship really be taught? Yes! Approximately 2,000 colleges and universities offer at least one course in entrepreneurship, and many private and government-sponsored programs teach the skills you need to be a successful business owner. Taking advantage of the programs and courses available can help you:
- Gain hands-on experience through internships.
- Find investors to fund your start up venture.
- Develop relationships with mentors.
- Plan strategically.
Stay in schoolCollege courses planning, risk management, raising capital and more. Many programs emphasize hands-on learning with internships and mentoring.
Learn the ABCs of the SBAThe Small Business Administration offers a host of national training events and online classes, and its Small Business Development Centers provide a variety of training programs and courses. Whether you want to learn more about writing a business plan, strategic planning, starting a business, or being a young entrepreneur, there's a course for you.
training site for a list of free online courses. For courses in your area, find a Small Business Development Center.
Study up on economic development councilsMany state and local economic development councils offer entrepreneurial training programs. Some provide intensive programs lasting several weeks; others offer weekend courses or one-time seminars.
Economic Development Administration.
Get an education in street smartsLearn from entrepreneurs who've already made it big in business. Discovering the real-life challenges entrepreneurs faced as they built their businesses can provide insight you may not find in a classroom.
- Nothing beats hands-on experience so take advantage of opportunities for internships with entrepreneurial companies.
- Network with fellow students. The business connections you make in school can develop into business partnerships down the road.
- Get to know your professors. They are usually very well-connected and can introduce you to venture capitalists if they believe in you and your business.