En overordnet betegnelse for kreativitet (idérigdom) og innovation (evnen til fornyelse) samt evnen til at realisere idéerne. Definitionen på entreprenørskab er mange - her et uddrag:
Schumpeter: “...entrepreneurship, as defines, essentially, consists in doing things that are not generally done in the ordinary course of business routine, it is essentially a phenomenon that comes under the wider aspect of leadership.”
Shane: “Entrepreneurship is an activity that involves the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of opportunities to introduce new goods and services, ways of organizing markets, processes and raw materials through organizing efforts that previously had not existed.”
Schumpeter, J.A. (1934): The theory of economic development. Translated by R. Opie. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Shane, S. (2003): A General Theory of Entrepreneurship: The Individual-opportunity Nexus. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.