Entrepreneurial Mindset Business


Entrepreneurial Mindset Business is a special interest group of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. It supports start-up founders, small business owners and intrapreneurs in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  We provide an entrepreneurial mindset definition, share entrepreneurial mindset examples, offer international networking opportunities and deliver entrepreneurial mindset training.


Many people use the phrase “entrepreneurial mindset” but it is often used in a vague or ill-defined way. To solve this problem, the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network has created an easy to understand, common sense and practical definition of the entrepreneurial mindset based on 7 essential entrepreneurial behaviours.

Entrepreneurial mindset definition

[DOWNLOAD] the mindset defintion in the following 16 languages:

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What makes this definition of the entrepreneurial mindset distinctive is that is based on entrepreneurial behaviours. The focus is on helping people to think, act and behave like an entrepreneur. This definition of the entrepreneurial mindset is relevant not just to entrepreneurs but also employees in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Other definitions of the entrepreneurial mindset focus on skills. However, these definitions are often made up of generic business or transferable skills, and they fail to capture the distinct nature of entrepreneurship. Action, and therefore behaviour, is central to the concept of entrepreneurship. Skills are the abilities you have learned. Behaviour is the act of putting those skills to good use.

The advantage of our approach is that people can learn to change their behaviours and make good use of their existing knowledge and skills. People are often trained in a range of skills that they may or may not use. We describe our 7 entrepreneurial behaviours as essential not optional. Essential behaviours challenge people to make full use of their skills.

Our proposition is that employees often have the right skills, they just need to change their behaviours. Entrepreneurs and employees may work in very different contexts yet they possess similar skills. What distinguishes entrepreneurs from employees is how they behave, the way they apply those skills. Employees can gain substantial benefits by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset.


We aim to gather inspiring stories from the members of our international Network and share them on this website. You can find inspiration and reflect on your own practice. Click on an image to read or download a story. You can also share your own story, bringing your lessons and experiences to the attention of like-minded people around the world.

The executive MBA:

a life-long learning mindset

eZINE 6(2) Krassimira Antonova

Krassimira Antonova

Advent Group 🇧🇬

Empowering refugees to set up or

grow a business in Manchester

eZINE 6(2) Amitava Guha

Amitava Guha

Caritas Diocese of Salford 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Helping SMEs

to close the skills gap

eZINE 6(2) Frank Melis

Frank Melis

SMRT.bio Global 🇳🇱

How startups find opportunities

people & resources in the ecosystem

eZINE 6(1) Allan Villegas-Mateos

Allan Villegas-Mateos

HEC Paris 🇶🇦

Supporting entrepreneurial journeys

in the city of Casablanca, Morocco

eZINE 6(1) Rabii Outamha

Rabii Outamha

Digital Strategy & Marketing Consultant 🇲🇦

Entrepreneurship: a life-long journey

of learning, action & value creation

eZINE 6(1) Paulo Camargo

Paulo Camargo

Entrepreneur, edcuator, writer & speaker 🇧🇷


and family business in India

eZINE 5(3) Nandini Varshney

Nandini Varshney

Entrepreneurship Development Institute 🇮🇳

Robots and jobs

- How to be prepared for the future

eZINE 5(3) Jelena Lukić Nikolić

Jelena Lukić Nikolić

Modern Business School in Belgrade 🇷🇸

An entrepreneurial mindset

is essential for every business

eZINE 5(3) Marcella Fang

Marcella Fang

William Angliss Institute 🇦🇺

Coping with uncertainty

in entrepreneurship

eZINE 5(2) Bob Bastian

Bob Bastian

University of Pavia 🇮🇹

How research supports business

eZINE 5(2) Jan Frick

Jan Frick

University of Stavanger 🇳🇴

Achieving work-life balance

eZINE 5(2) Abigail Gregory

Abigail Gregory

Executive Coach and Mentor 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Cultural intelligence 

in the workplace

eZINE 5(1) Simon Büschges

Simon Büschges

Peking University 🇨🇳

Learn to be an entrepreneur

eZINE 4(3) Max Mirho

Max Mirho

Entrepreneurship educator 🇺🇸

Europe needs more intrapreneurhsip

eZINE 4(1) Mart Kikas

Mart Kikas

Academy of Innovation Coaching 🇪🇪

The essence of Acadustry ®

eZINE 4(2) Nadiir Bheekhun

Ts. Dr. Nadiir Bheekhun

AeroNAD Group 🇲🇺

Meeting entrepreneurs

where they are

eZINE 4(2) Stacey Young

Stacey J Young

Deller and Young 🇨🇦

10 actions to sustain and scale

organisational capacity

eZINE 4(3) Paul Coyle

Paul Coyle

Entrepreneurial Mindset Network 🇫🇷


We aim to facilitate networking amongst an international community of people and organisations who share a commitment to using the entrepreneurial mindset to create social value and impact.

Join the Network

It is quick and easy to become a member of the Network by clicking the [JOIN] button at the top of this website page. Membership is free. You have the option to add your membership to your LinkedIn profile - instructions how to do this are in your welcome message when you join.

Interactive webinars

We will soon launch a series of interactive webinars for the members of our community. What will make our webinars distinctive will be the emphasis on enabling a conversation, one which allows an exchange of views between community members and the co-creation of actions that will support change. After each webinar, we will produce a summary of the key lessons and make a PDF available for download.

Paul Coyle

Paul Coyle is the Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. He is an expert in the entrepreneurial mindset, leadership and organisational transformation. You can view Paul's LinkedIn profile, and follow or connect with him.


Our mission is to empower our members to use the mindset so that they can make their unique contribution to the world. Use our defintion of the mindset. Find inspiration in the examples from around the world. Add new connections from our global community to your network. Read our book, register for our workshops, explore your results from our MINDSET Profile Tool in personal coaching sessions.

ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET BOOK Foreword to the Third Edition by Paul Coyle

I first wrote and published this book in 2019. My goal was to help readers to develop their entrepreneurial mindset with a step-by-step practical guide.I want anybody to be able to pick up the book and feel inspired to develop their mindset.

Of course an entrepreneurial mindset is essential when you are starting, running or growing a company in any business sector. The good news is that it is just as useful if you are an employee in a private company, in the public sector or in a not-for-profit organisation. That's because the mindset empowers you to learn how to become the best version of yourself, so that you can go on to achieve all your career and life goals.

Anyone can use the power of the entrepreneurial mindset for personal, organisational and societal change. Therefore, this book has been written to help employees and entrepreneurs, educators and students, leaders and activists, innovators and intrapreneurs.

The book is packed with advice, examples and useful exercises. I myself return to the book again and again to find inspiration in its many ideas and lessons. I hope you will also be inspired and use the entrepreneurial mindset to make your unique contribution to the world.

Paul Coyle, Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, June 2022. 


The Entrepreneurial Mindset Network provides a range of workshops and master classes that accelerate the development of the mindset. These events are engaging, realistic, inclusive, make the most of your existing expertise and create actions that are designed to support real change. Following completion of a master class, participants have the option to add an award to the Education section of their LinkedIn profile.

5 Reasons our Master Classes are Distinctive and Impactful.

1 We make our Master Classes engaging. We focus on discussions and practical exercises. We keep the formal input brief and to the point. We keep it interesting and relevant.

2 We keep it real. We talk about what it is really like. We facilitate discussion of positive points and frustrations. We don’t shy away from the difficult issues.

3 We are inclusive. We make sure every voice is heard. We help you to innovate by considering different points of view. We facilitate the crowdsourcing and co-creation of practical solutions.

4 We make the most of your existing expertise. We assume that each participant has useful experience to share. We offer a framework that helps you to make the best of your existing knowledge and skills. We capture and reflect back your best ideas.

5 We focus on actions to generate real change. We make sure you can take action as soon as you get back to your desk. We help you to make professional choices. We fire up your motivation and commitment to getting things done.


You can gain invaluable feedback about your entrepreneurial mindset by using our online MINDSET Profile Tool. It is not the case that you either have the mindset or you don't, that you are either born with it or not. Each person can develop the strength of their entrepreneurial mindset over time and improve the way they think and act like an entrepreneur. Everybody can go on this entrepreneurial journey and the MINDSET Profile Tool will help you.

The Tool is designed to make you think, by asking you questions about your entrepreneurial behaviours. By considering the questions and choosing your answers, you will be able to reflect on those behaviours. You will receive immediate feedback on screen. Afterwards you will immediately receive an email with the questions, your answers and some brief advice about how to make progress with your entrepreneurial behaviours in the future.

People who have used the MINDSET Profile Tool are based in the following 38 countries: Albania🇦🇱, Angola🇦🇴, Austria🇦🇹, Belgium🇧🇪,

Bosnia and Herzegovina🇧🇦, Canada🇨🇦, Egypt 🇪🇬, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, Estonia 🇪🇪, France🇫🇷, Germany🇩🇪, India🇮🇳, Ireland🇮🇪, Italy🇮🇹, Jordan🇯🇴,

Lebanon🇱🇧, Malawi🇲🇼, Mauritius🇲🇺, Morocco🇲🇦, Netherlands🇳🇱, Northern Ireland🇬🇧, Nigeria🇳🇬, Norway🇳🇴, Oman🇴🇲, Pakistan🇵🇰,Poland 🇵🇱,

Portugal 🇵🇹, Russia🇷🇺, Saudi Arabia🇸🇦, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿, Singapore 🇸🇬, South Africa🇿🇦, Spain🇪🇸, Taiwan🇹🇼, Tunisia🇹🇳, USA🇺🇸, Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

and Zambia🇿🇲.

Using the MINDSET Profile Tool to create a Personal Development Plan

The full MINDSET Profile Tool gives you feedback on all 7 of your entrepreneurial behaviours.You can derive maximum benefit from the MINDSET Profile Tool by combining it with Personal Coaching in a confidential video call. This discussion will help you to really understand the feedback you have received.

Coaching provides you with expert advice so that you can create a certified Personal Development Plan, which you can use for career planning and advancement.

Using the MINDSET Profile Tool to create a Team Development Plan

The MINDSET Profile Tool can also be used for team evaluation and development. Everybody in the team uses the MINDSET Profile Tool and receives their own confidential feedback with coaching. This is followed by an online event to review the overall results and performance for the team as a whole.

The outcome is a deeper understanding of the team, the role of each member of the team, and a plan for improving performance

Try the MINDSET Profile Tool & get feedback on the behaviour [D] Dare to take risks

You can sample the MINDSET Profile Tool and get feedback about your entrepreneurial behaviour [D] Dare to take risks. You will be asked a series of questions. Each question will ask you to choose one of two options. There are no right or wrong answers. Simply consider each question and try to give an honest answer.

After you have finished answering the questions, you will receive some brief feedback on screen. This feedback is designed to help you to reflect on your current entrepreneurial behaviour and think about how to improve in the future. You will also receive an email with a copy of the questions and your responses immediately after you finish using the Tool.


The Entrepreneurial Mindset is a must-read for anyone seeking to cultivate a growth mindset and unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. This book provides valuable insights into the traits and habits of successful entrepreneurs and inspires readers to adopt a proactive and innovative approach to problem-solving, opportunity-seeking, or calculated risk-taking. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned business professional, or an everyday person this book will challenge you to think differently and equip you with the tools you need to achieve success in a rapidly changing world. So why wait? As entrepreneurship is all about action, unleash your potential and get your hands on this inspiring step-by-step guide today! Enikő Koppány, Business Development Office Lead, University of Szeged, Hungary, February 2023

A well-written, hands-on book on how the mind shapes behavior and particularly, how training an entrepreneurial way of thinking helps individuals to think about new solutions to address the problems they like to solve. The book encourages people to specifically focus on seven points to move from thinking toward practice. The reflective questions at the end of each chapter are an excellent guide to help people to think more ‘business like’, prompting the reader to stimulate, and change, their way of thinking. A great book for anyone new to the world of entrepreneurship. Bob Bastian, Postdoctoral Researcher, Università di Pavia, Italy, October 2022

This clear, engaging book has made me look at my work with fresh eyes, and has injected a new sense of purpose into what I do. It tackles what is the heart of the work condition for many of us, when we are feeling that our job is ok but has become a slight drag, a bit dull or routine, nothing too awful but we don't know how to go about tackling it. It has given me a much-needed career energy boost. Highly recommended. Carolyn Howitt, Executive Search Researcher and Careers Counsellor, London, United Kingdom, July 2020