This lively book, containing many real-life examples, makes a thoughtful, practical guide to the process of launching new ventures. It begins by introducing a model of the entrepreneurial process, and follows the model throughout the book. Emphasis is placed on the beginnings of the entrepreneurial process particularly opportunity recognition and feasibility analysis.A four part organization makes the journey toward understanding the entrepreneur process both enjoyable and productive. The four parts, which collectively contain 15 chapters, are: The Decision to Become an Entrepreneur, Developing Successful Business Ideas, Moving From an Idea to an Entrepreneurial Firm, and Managing and Growing an Entrepreneurial Firm.For venture capitalists, investor groups, or business incubators (for-profit and not-for-profit) to distribute to their client companies; and of particular help to technology companies.
Table of Contents
I . DECISION TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR 1. Introduction to Entrepreneurship II. DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IDEAS 2. Recognizing Opportunities and Generating Ideas 3. Feasibility Analysis 4. Industry and Competitor Analysis 5. Developing an Effective Business Model III. MOVING FROM AN IDEA TO AN ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRM 6. Building a New Venture Team 7. Assessing a New Venture's Financial Strength and Viability 8. Preparing the Proper Ethical and Legal Foundation 9. Writing a Business Plan 10. Getting Financing or Funding IV. MANAGING AND GROWING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRM 11. Unique Marketing Issues 12. The Importance of Intellectual Property 13. Preparing for and Evaluating the Challenges of Growth 14. Strategies for Firm Growth 15. Franchising Glossary Name Index Subject Index Company Index Photo Credits