Entrepreneurship without Borders
Russ McBride, Charles Touma

The teaching of entrepreneurship in universities, as well as incubators and accelerators around the world typically gravitates toward the paradigmatic concept of entrepreneurship based upon the venture-capital funded high-tech silicon-valley-style startup. But there are at least two problems with this. The first is that actual entrepreneurship consists of a set of activities much broader than the subset of activities needed for high-tech startups. The second is that the goals of entrepreneurs often extend into far broader activities beyond those of high-tech startups. In the first part of this paper, we briefly review the history of ‘entrepreneurship’ definitions. In the second part, the implications of those definitions for teaching and mentoring are explored.

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