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.
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.
- Upstarts: University Tournaments
- Business plan competitions aren't just theoretical exercises anymore; they're hatching thriving start-ups.