As Emily Barker notes in Inc. magazine's October 2000 cover story, start-ups are sprouting on campus. What's it like squeezing in a start-up between course work and social life? Managing a company while staying on top of academic pressures requires some Herculean efforts, with perhaps some caffeine thrown in.
Here's a crash course in developing entrepreneurial savvy while juggling the demands of school. We've collected profiles of business owners who started their businesses while students, along with resources about building a business, links to academic programs worth looking into and ideas on networking with your peers.
Young Entrepreneurs' Stories
- Help Wanted: An Adult
- Youth may bring entrepreneurial energy, but it won't necessarily land you an IPO. One young Internet CEO faced a harsh reality: For his company to grow, he had to consider getting out of the way.
- Dell: The Secrets to His Success
- Michael Dell, who founded his renowned computer company from a dorm room, shares some cogent tips about starting a business.
- Catching Up to the New Economy
- The climate for entrepreneurship is changing on campus, even at venerable Harvard University.
- Big Manager on Campus
- These company founders started businesses while in school -- and grew them fast enough to land on the Inc. 500, Inc.'s annual list of the fastest-growing privately held U.S. companies. Learn from their experiences.
Make a New Plan: Business Plan Contests
Is it worthwhile to expend the extra effort to enter a business plan tournament in college? You bet. These events are now high profile -- and are spinning off an increasing number of sophisticated companies.
- The Best Business Plan on the Planet
- The Moot Corp. competition is one of the best-known business plan competitions. An Inc. magazine editor turned Moot Corp. judge describes the event's inner workings.
- Entree to Riches: Winning at MIT
- What makes the MIT business plan contest one of the most esteemed of its kind? Chalk it up in part to the network of alumni and supporters who help turn students into CEOs.
- Upstarts: University Tournaments
- Business plan competitions aren't just theoretical exercises anymore; they're hatching thriving start-ups.