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Can entrepreneurship be taught?

March 21, 2012

I’ve had the benefit of exposure to real life entrepreneurship through the two businesses I founded, built and sold. I’ve also been exposed to entrepreneurship in an academic environment through my role in helping form entrepreneurship@UBC.

This Wall Street Journal piece asking whether entrepreneurship can be taught is an interesting one and is worth a read: http://tinyurl.com/7rh63om. Thanks to the C100 for tweeting it.

I think both points of view are correct.

There is no better way to learn how to be an entrepreneur than to just go out and do it. But I believe that universities can teach people how to be better entrepreneurs. They can also serve a very important function by weeding out those people who are romanced by the excitement of entrepreneurship but really crave the security of a regular paycheck.

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2 Responses to “Can entrepreneurship be taught?”


  1. Thanks for pointing out the WSJ article. As an experienced entrepreneur and an educator, there is only so much you can learn in the class room. Please check out my blog at http://www.benjaminjgoldman.com if you are interested in what I am thinking about regarding entrepreneurship.


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