10 Tips for Studying Entrepreneurship Development | February 2022 | Digital Ritesh

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you had little to no business training when you launched your first business. If this sounds like you, it may be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to teaching others about entrepreneurship development and launching your own startup program or accelerator in your community. 

Here are 10 tips for studying entrepreneurship development and launching your own startup program or accelerator in your community.

Choosing the Right Class

The final reason to take an entrepreneurship development class is that you can meet and talk with other aspiring entrepreneurs. These types of courses are often offered as electives, so they’re usually smaller than your regular business classes. 

This intimate setting allows students to discuss and share their experiences about starting new businesses. While you’re still in school, it’s important to talk with people who have already started their own companies and are willing to share their knowledge.

1) Don’t Procrastinate

As an entrepreneur, you’re your own boss, which means you have a lot on your plate. When studying entrepreneurship development, it can be easy to put off work in favor of catching up on sleep or taking care of other personal needs. But if you want to be an entrepreneur—and do it well—you need to accept that there are no shortcuts and learn how to be disciplined with your time management.

2) Set Smart Goals

Entrepreneurs are goal-oriented, so set specific goals you would like to accomplish over time—and then make sure they’re SMART. This acronym helps entrepreneurs define their goals clearly: 

S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Relevant T – Timely.

3) Listen in Class

There’s a lot to learn about entrepreneurship development in a class, but it won’t help you if you don’t listen. You might get some great advice from your professor or guest speakers, so make sure you take notes—and then spend some time reflecting on what they said before taking action. When it comes to learning, there’s no substitute for experience and practice, so don’t try too hard to apply everything right away.

4) Get Involved with Your School's Startup Community

There are few better places to immerse yourself in startups than at your school's business incubator or tech center. Not only will you be able to work on projects with like-minded students, but you’ll also meet mentors who can help you figure out where your ideas fit into today’s startup community.

5) Network and Ask Questions

The best way to learn about entrepreneurship is by networking with people who are already involved in it. Take advantage of your school’s mentorship program or attend some entrepreneur club meetings. If you can’t find any, start one yourself and reach out to business professionals in your community or alumni from your school.

6) Find a Mentor

Finding a mentor is a great way to gain insight into entrepreneurship. Asking questions about specific business issues and receiving one-on-one feedback from someone who has been there can help you determine what direction to take your business in. Remember, too, that not all advice will be perfect—take it all with a grain of salt and use it as an opportunity to learn how to make decisions based on research.

7) Read Books About Entrepreneurship

Books about entrepreneurship can do more than teach you how to start a business. They can also provide inspiration and even practical tools to help you get started on your own business venture. It’s important that you read books from multiple perspectives (for example, fiction/non-fiction) so that you can get different viewpoints on what it takes to start a business. Below are five books we recommend every budding entrepreneur should read.

8) Attend Conferences and Meetups

Connecting with other entrepreneurs, potential co-founders, or early-stage employees is one of the most effective ways to learn. It’s also a good way to get professional advice and recommendations from others who have already been through it.

9) Network with Professionals Outside of Campus

When you’re studying entrepreneurship, it’s easy to feel like you only know people who are also studying business. That’s why it’s so important to branch out and connect with professionals from different disciplines (and careers) in your community. If you live near a business incubator or even an established business, ask if they will let you come by during lunchtime to take advantage of their wisdom.


Always ask yourself what you need to learn before doing anything. If you feel confident, go ahead. If not, study first and try later. Have you ever heard of Elon Musk’s engineering philosophy:  I think it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e., trunk and big branches, before you get into leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to. So keep focus on fundamentals. 

That’s why I would recommend anyone who is in college now to take a few extra courses in basic sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), because that gives you framework that then lets you explore new things with more ease . – Elon Musk . 

Initially, I thought it was unnecessary since most of these courses are hard but now after taking those classes at an early stage (and getting good grades) without any background about these topics, now my whole world has expanded and changed. Everything made sense.

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