Entrepreneurship is Art & Science

Later in 2013 Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship said “While each new startup is unique in many ways, the process for starting them can be accelerated through a rigorous framework that also allows for individuality and variability in the outcome”. However, after practicing entrepreneurship for over two decades, I have come to more evolve conclusion on entrepreneurship as “Entrepreneurship is both Art and Science as the Entrepreneur’s ability to create something new is Art and the process followed is the Science!” Let me try and expand my statement.

Entrepreneurial Qualities : The Art

  • Vision
  • Passion
  • Attitude
  • Values
  • Innovator
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Motivated
  • Leadership
  • Experience
  • Focus

Every successful entrepreneur has either all of most of the above Qualities and they, in fact thrive on them. One can learn from the lives of the very successful entrepreneurs that supports the stated behavior. All these qualities and behavior is also seen in almost all successful artist. Hence it is my belief that all entrepreneurs are artist in their own way and their behavior is their art!

Now like any artist, entrepreneur need to learn & practice their art! Learning and practicing the entrepreneurial art is a well-defined process by now and it can be learned by anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur. This ‘process’ is what can be defined as ‘science’ as it teaches one how to systematically build a successful startup. This science has definite modules as outlined below and by going thru them sequentially, one can build a venture step by step or in controlled manner. In entrepreneurial world this is called effectual thinking where ‘if one can control the future and one can predict it’. So this is the science that helps one control, predict and build it or fail early. As an entrepreneur, I have been practicing this science subconsciously for 15 years thru hit and trail method. However, when I read Prof Bill Aulet’s book “Disciplined Entrepreneurs”, I realized that I could have learned this science faster!

So, entrepreneurship is a process that begins with the recognition of an entrepreneurial opportunity and is followed by the development of an idea for how to pursue that opportunity, the evaluation of the feasibility of the opportunity, the development of the product or service that will be provided to customers, assembly of human and financial resources, organizational design, and the pursuit of customers.

The process has four distinct phases:

  • 1. Identification and evaluation of the opportunity
  • 2. Development of the business plan
  • 30 Determination of the required resources
  • 4. Management of the resulting enterprise

Entrepreneurial Process : The Science

  • Identify Opportunity
  • Evaluate feasibility
  • Assemble Resources
  • Find Potential Customer
  • Identify Markets
  • Build Sales Strategy
  • Quantify Value proposition
  • Revenue Generation
  • Financial Viability
  • Product Development
  • Business Plan
  • Pitching to Investor

To sum it up, one needs to learn the art and science of entrepreneurship instead of trying via hit and trial. Hence We suggest to the entrepreneurs before they start their venture or incubators and accelerators start their cohort, please learn the ‘Science’ by going thru the ‘process ‘as it shall help build a venture step by step in a sequential manner thus increasing the chances of survival. In nut shell learn the art and science of entrepreneurship before taking a plunge!/span>

Pankaj Thakar, Digital Media & Big Data Mentor, Neotec Hub

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