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Wednesday, November 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Intrapreneurship: A Starting Point (221 Hammond Building)

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Becoming an entrepreneur is hard work. And it’s risky too. With a reported 90% failure rate, many start-ups never develop into sustainable businesses. But carving out an entrepreneurial life is still something that a highly motivated few are willing to embark upon but not usually right after graduation.

Many graduates at Penn State are fortunate to find employment and earn a good starting salary. Engineering graduates, for example, can easily start at $65,000-$70,000 a year or more. This means that for recent grads the decision of initiating a highly speculative business makes little sense when student loans and other financial obligations must be reconciled.

Intrapreneurship means acting entrepreneurially within an existing company. This talk will further define intrapreneurship and explore how to identify entrepreneurial companies that are receptive to having you employ your entrepreneurial mindset while practicing entrepreneurial leadership skills. Time spent in an intrapreneurial firm provides opportunities to garner valuable experience while determining if entrepreneurship is something worthy of full-time consideration.

This session is ideal for those who want to practice entrepreneurship while making money in an established firm and not quite ready to commit to being a full-time entrepreneur.

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Frank T. Koe

Teaching Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Penn State University

Wednesday November 13, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Hammond Building, University Park