Understanding Educational Entrepreneur
The above section does not define an edupreneur. It just gives a rough outline of an educational entrepreneur. Let us discuss different types of entrepreneurs to gain a clearer picture of the educational entrepreneur. As per the Webster Dictionary, "an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages an enterprise, especially a business with considerable risk". Going somewhat deeper, we encounter the term "social entrepreneurs". If you go just by the above definition, you can equate an entrepreneur with a businessperson. However, there is a noticeable difference in the working methods of a businessperson owning a corporate house versus the simple entrepreneur.
For entrepreneurs, the goals are high. An entrepreneur starts thinking in terms of "how to succeed", against the common thinking process of "can we succeed." Going further, there are social entrepreneurs who contribute to society in some way or another. One of the common benefits in all forms of entrepreneurship is reduction of unemployment. An entrepreneur always creates a scope for different jobs. A step further, social entrepreneurs work in a direction that changes the mindset of people. Thus, the social entrepreneurs succeed by working differently in contrast to the common beliefs of other entrepreneurs.
Social entrepreneurs are called agents of change. This is how we defined edupreneur in the first line of this section. However, not all social entrepreneurs are edupreneurs. Intrapreneurs are also agents of change. Contrary to edupreneurs, intrapreneurs work from within a system to change it while edupreneurs are outside the system. When I say system, I am referring to the public education system. The public education system need not essentially be a school or college. Organizations that are related to education of society, directly or indirectly, also fall under this category. Some examples are publishing houses and websites that offer learning opportunities.
In short, an edupreneur or an educational entrepreneur is a social entrepreneur who is involved in changing the way things function in any public education system. Staying outside the system gives the edupreneur a better understanding on various points and scope of improvement. An example can be creating an organization that focuses on improving the capacity of any existing educational institution. Another example can be restructuring the education system by developing tools that enhance the productivity of the education system.