Where college student entrepreneurs can find some great tools to help empower your creativity and business ideas.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization — global entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities, whose mission is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation — a national charitable organization that empowers aspiring young Canadian entrepreneurs, age 18-34, to start up their own business.
Collegiate Entrepreneurship section of Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — listing several resources for and about college entrepreneurs.
Young Money Student Entrepreneurs — offers advice and inspiration from college entrepreneurs.
Resources from The Entrepreneurial Management Institute at Boston University — are somewhat oriented toward those in the Boston and New England regions, but resources, including business-plan competitions, are also applicable to others. Site also offers a newsletter.
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) — a global non-profit organization active in 47 countries and territories. Working in partnership with business and higher education, SIFE establishes student teams on university campuses. These teams are led by faculty advisers, and they are challenged to develop community outreach projects that reach SIFE’s four educational topics, Market Economics, Entrepreneurship, Personal Financial Success Skills, and Business Ethics.
National Bureau of Economic Research — includes papers from an Academic Science and Entrepreneurship held in April 2005.
Collegiate Entrepreneurial Blogs and Websites
The Entrepreneurial Mind — blog site of Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, Nashville, TN.
How to Change the World — a blog about entrepreneurship, social good, and unlocking human potential… written by Ryan Allis, a technology entrepreneur and social entrepreneur.
brass|MEDIA Inc. — founded by Bryan Sims, who says: “I am a college student with a dream…” brass|MEDIA Inc. provides “direct, intelligent, entertaining content to young adults about the money side of life … From planning your retirement to throwing parties, brass looks at the lives of young adults and how we handle money.” Tagline: Young today, rich tomorrow.
The Start-Up Chronicles — a blog about The Business // The Journey, an ongoing look into the life of aspiring entrepreneur BJ Olin, president/CEO of Cilantro’s Burrito Grill.
College Entrepreneur Books
The Young Entrepreneur’s Edge: Using Your Ambition, Independence, and Youth to Launch a Successful Business, by Jennifer Kushell (Princeton Review).
How to be a Student Entrepreneur , by Junior Ogunyemi (Ecademy Press).
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multi-Million-Dollar Business, by Randal Pinkett (Kaplan).
College Entrepreneur Handbook: Ideas for a College Based Business (PSI Successful Business Library) by Jonathan Reed Aspatore (Oasis Press).
Upstart Start-Ups!: How 34 Young Entrepreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses, by Ron Lieber (Broadway Books).
The Bootstrapper’s Bible: Volume 1, by Seth Godin (downloadable e-book).
Be sure to read our article, College Offers Fertile Ground for Starting a Business.
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