“…a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea,” then of course they can go off and make it happen. And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make.”
— Steve Jobs
Entrepreneurship is a crucial path to increasing innovation, jobs, personal responsibility, the economic vitality of regions, and individual prosperity. Our work is focused on discovering evidence-based interventions that increase students’ interest and success in entrepreneurship.
Why focus on student entrepreneurship?
Companies formed by university students or recent former students include industry giants FedEx, Microsoft, and Google. Further, many individuals who acquire a taste for entrepreneurship by starting companies while in school use this experience to launch careers in entrepreneurship. While programs to support student entrepreneurs have proliferated, data systems designed to track and improve these programs are needed.