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.
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.