Entrepreneurial Mindset Business


Entrepreneurial Mindset Business

Entrepreneurial Mindset Business is a special interest group of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network and aims to support start-up founders, small business owners and intrapreneurs in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. We provide:

  • a practical definition of the entrepreneurial mindset
  • entrepreneurial mindset examples, shared by the members of our international community
  • networking opportunities 
  • 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:

[عربي] [中国人] [Deutschen] [ελληνικά] [English] [Español] [français] [italiano] [Nederlands] [Português] [ਪੰਜਾਬੀ] [română] [Русский] [Српски] [shqip] [Türkçe]

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.


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 THE NETWORK] at the top of any page on this website. 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.

This website is published by the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network © 2024 all rights reserved.  

Contact details...

Email: business@entrepreneurial-mindset.network

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Mail: Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, 7 allées de Chartres, 33000 Bordeaux, France.

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