High-Impact Entrepreneurship

HBS professor and Endeavor Global Network member William Sahlman transforms leaders into entrepreneurs

Harvard Business School professor, Endeavor Global Network member, and Endeavor Global Advisory Board Emeritus member William Sahlman shared his strategies for transforming future business leaders into entrepreneurs in a recent Forbes article. Through case studies in his Entrepreneurial Finance class, Sahlman teaches students about what he considers to be the core concepts of entrepreneurship:

• Finding an opportunity
• Marshalling the resources needed to capture the opportunity
• Executing
• Exiting

Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it sounds, but Sahlman emphasizes that he wants students to understand that entrepreneurship is a process they can (and should) learn. Sahlman invites the subjects of the case studies to join his classes and answer students’ questions, hoping that exploring entrepreneurial sucesses and failures will help students envision themselves managing like an entrepreneur.

Over the years Sahlman has been a leading advocate for High-Impact Entrepreneurship, co-authoring and teaching three Harvard Business School case studies about Endeavor: “The Endeavor Initiative” (2001); “Endeavor—Determining a Growth Strategy” (2003); and “Endeavor: Creating a Global Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship” (2009).

Recently, he also moderated a panel on global entrepreneurship and venture capital’s role in emerging markets, in which Endeavor’s Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg participated.


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