There are many thoughts that come to mind when asking the question, “What is an entrepreneur?” An entrepreneur is someone who is an independent thinker, creative, innovative—usually an ‘idea person’ who is always coming up with something new! An example is an inventor that keeps coming up with new ideas for a product or service, until they finally hit on something that is successful.
All of these personality traits also require a willingness to be a risk taker. Some would say it is the primary factor. Check out this story from INC Magazine for a 25-word definition.
In thinking about our definition, another question comes to mind. Why are many immigrants so entrepreneurial? One answer seems to be that they have faced great personal risk to come to a new country and a new culture, so they may have a stronger willingness to try new things and take risks. That just could be why our nation—built by immigrants—has been so innovative and entrepreneurial throughout its history.
Microenterprise Program Coordinator