What is the Mindset?

The entrepreneurial mindset is the reason why entrepreneurs are successful.  However, this mindset is not just for entrepreneurs as it can be used by anyone. It brings benefits for employees in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. It creates value for individuals, organisations and society. It is relevant to every country and culture throughout the developed and developing world. 

How can I benefit?

In a world that is increasingly complex and uncertain, the entrepreneurial mindset is a 'must have' and is much more than 'a nice to have’.  The right mindset will help you to cope with all the changes life throws at you, and then to be strong, to thrive and to build a path towards the best possible version of your life.  It will enable you to make your unique contribution to the world. 

How can we all benefit?

The mindset makes sure that an organisation gets the very best from each of its employees.  Leaders and managers can use the mindset to release all the untapped human potential. Employees with the right mindset transform an organisation with their can-do attitude.  As citizens we can use the mindset to make a contribution to many of the societal and global challenges. 

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What is the Network?

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Network is an international community of practice for the entrepreneurial mindset with members located in 107 countries.  Our vision is that everybody can benefit from having an entrepreneurial mindset. Our mission is to inspire you to use the entrepreneurial mindset so that you can make your unique contribution to the world. 

How can I join the Network?

The Network is organised into special interest groups that reflect the expertise of our members in Business, Education, Healthcare and Social Entrepreneurship. It is quick, easy and free to join the Network. You will be able to add your membership to your CV and we will provide you with the instructions you can follow to add your membership to your LinkedIn profile.

Who runs the Network?

Paul Coyle is the Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network.  He is an expert in the entrepreneurial mindset, leadership and organisational transformation.  Connect with Paul on Linkedin where you can read about his career as an entrepreneur, and as an executive & professor in higher education. 

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Entrepreneurial Mindset Definition


What is a good definition?

Many people use the phrase “entrepreneurial mindset” but it is often used in a vague or ill-defined way. To solve this problem, the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network has created an easy to understand, common sense and practical definition of the entrepreneurial mindset based on 7 essential entrepreneurial behaviours. Anyone can gain by learning to adopt these behaviours.

Why do my behaviours matter?

Entrepreneurs enjoy success in life because of their behaviours ie the way they think and act. Action, and therefore behaviour, is central to the concept of the entrepreneurial mindset. Skills are the abilities you have learned. Behaviour is the act of putting those skills to good use. We describe our 7 entrepreneurial behaviours as essential not optional. 

Can I develop the mindset?

It is not the case that only some people are born with the entrepreneurial mindset. Anyone can learn to behave like an entrepreneur. We help you by providing you with a clear definition of the mindset, practical examples, and opportunities to network with people from all over the world. We are here to help you go on your own entrepreneurial journey.

Can I download the definition?

To support people around the world, the Network’s definition of the mindset has been translated into 16 languages and is relevant in diverse cultural contexts. [DOWNLOAD] the definition in the following languages:

[عربي] [中国人] [Deutschen] [ελληνικά] [English] [Español] [français] [italiano] [Nederlands] [Português] [ਪੰਜਾਬੀ] [română] [Русский] [Српски] [shqip] [Türkçe]

How was the definition made?

The definition was developed by considering academic studies that have tried to understand the personalities of entrepreneurs, their skills, behaviours, professional practice and success.  In addition, we have looked at criticisms of unethical behaviours by entrepreneurs.  The result is a broad framework that embraces a diversity of individuals, cultures and contexts.

What about other definitions?

Our definition is distinctive in its focus on behaviours that are truly entrepreneurial.  Some other definitions of the mindset focus on generic business skills or transferable skills. Our definition of the mindset isn’t based on wishful thinking. It means being prepared to put hard work in and being resilient during difficult times in your entrepreneurial journey.


eZINE Volume 7 Number 2
eZINE Volume 7 Number 2
eZINE Volume 7 Number 2
eZINE Volume 7 Number 2
eZINE Volume 7 Number 2
eZINE Volume 7 Number 2


EXPRESS is the eZINE published by the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network.  A diverse group of people, in a wide variety of contexts, express their views about the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship . Their stories can help you to reflect on your own practice and think how to make use of the key lessons shared by the authors.

What is the latest edition?

Volume 7 Number 2 of the EXPRESS eZINE is shown below. Click on any image to read the article. You also have the option to download a PDF. 

Thanks and congratulations to the authors for taking the time to share their inspiring stories from England, France, Malawi, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia.

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Developing the entrepreneurial mindset  in the Middle East 

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 Hussain Sama

Hussain Sama

Entrepreneurial Mindset Coach 🇸🇦

Engaging students in clinical  

innovation and enterprise 

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 Nigel Adams

Nigel Adams

University of Buckingham 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

How public policy can release
untapped entrepreneurial potential

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 David Halabisky

David Halabisky


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How the entrepreneurial mindset 
empowers silver entrepreneurs 

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 Paul Coyle

Paul Coyle

Entrepreneurial Mindset Network 🇫🇷

Mindset Behaviour Analysis (MBA) 
in higher education

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 Marco Lamas and Paul Coyle

Marco Lamas and Paul Coyle

SHINE Project

Transformative health interventions 
& collaborative partnerships in Malawi

eZINE Volume 7 Number 2 Charles McLoughlin

Charles McLoughlin 
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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How can I see past editions?

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Network has been publishing an eZINE since 2018. To date we have published articles and interviews by authors from 49 countries.  All the articles in the 7 volumes, comprising 19 issues, are available on the Entrepreneurial Mindset EXPRESS website

Can I write for a future edition?

We welcome articles on any topic that you judge would be of interest to the members of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. The focus is reflection on practice and sharing lessons learned. The typical word length is somewhere between 400 and 800 words.  To discuss your idea please email the editor Paul Coyle.

How can I use the eZINE ?

There are many powerful lessons that can be taken from the stories that our authors have shared in the eZINE.  Use these lessons to undertake your own personal reflections and stimulate your ideas for action.  What's the one thing you could do that would have the biggest impact and make a real difference? 

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EXCHANGE webinars

EXCHANGE is an ongoing series of webinars organised by the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. The aim of the webinars is to stimulate networking and an exchange of ideas between the participants, and to enable each person to consider the actions that they might take to bring about change.

Recent EXCHANGE webinars

After each EXCHANGE webinar, we produce a summary of the key lessons in a PDF that can be read online. Click on any image shown below to access the associated summary. You also have the option to download the PDF. To access the full set of summaries for all webinars go to the Entrepreneurial Mindset Exchange website.

How do I join the next webinar?

EXCHANGE webinars are advertised in advance on LinkedIn by Paul Coyle, the Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. The advert includes a description of the webinar topic and speakers, with a link to register on Zoom. Connect with Paul on LinkedIn so that EXCHANGE adverts will appear in your LinkedIn feed.

The benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset for every PhD student

The benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset for every PhD student

EXCHANGE 16 Speakers

Bob Bastian 🇮🇹 Paul Coyle 🇫🇷 Robert Crammond 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Can graduate entrepreneurship

be an answer to youth unemployment?

Can gradaute entrepreneurship be an anwser to youth unemployment?

EXCHANGE 15 Speakers Carine Chisu 🇧🇪

Mokuba Mave 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Viviana Premazzi 🇲🇹 Yancy Vaillant 🇪🇸

Helping student entrepreneurs

to understand the real world

Helping student entrepreneurs to understand the real world

EXCHANGE 14 Speakers

Enikő Koppány 🇭🇺 Rabii Outamha 🇲🇦 Admir Salihagić 🇧🇦

Building entrepreneurial culture

in Higher Education

Building entrepreneurial culture in Higher Education

EXCHANGE 13 Speakers

Isobel Cunningham 🇮🇪 Paul Coyle 🇫🇷 Robert Crammond 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

How Higher Education

supports start ups

How Higher Education supports startups

EXCHANGE 10 Speakers

Bob Bastian 🇮🇹 Enikő Koppány 🇭🇺 Yancy Vaillant 🇪🇸

Educating students

about entrepreneurship

Educating students about entrepreneurship

EXCHANGE 11 Speakers

Marco Lamas 🇵🇹 Milica Jovanović 🇷🇸 Robert Crammond 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

What is the feedback?

Feedback received from participants includes: * Beautifully designed forum with insightful speakers * A great atmosphere * It's been excellent * I’m really happy to be part of this team * A great conversation * Great forum which adds value for all * A highly relevant, tightly structured but still dynamic conversation *

Who has participated in the EXCHANGE webinars?

People who have registered for EXCHANGE webinars come from 45 countries: Albania🇦🇱 Australia🇦🇺 Austria🇦🇹 Belgium🇧🇪 Bosnia and Herzegovina🇧🇦 Brazil🇧🇷 Bulgaria🇧🇬 Canada🇨🇦 China🇨🇳 Democratic Republic of the Congo🇨🇩 Ecuador🇪🇨 Egypt🇪🇬 England🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Estonia🇪🇪 France🇫🇷 Germany🇩🇪 Hong Kong🇭🇰 Hungary🇭🇺 India🇮🇳 Ireland🇮🇪 Italy🇮🇹 Lithuania🇱🇹 Malaysia🇲🇾 Malta🇲🇹 Morocco🇲🇦 Netherlands🇳🇱 North Macedonia🇲🇰 Northern Ireland🇬🇧 Norway🇳🇴 Pakistan🇵🇰 Portugal🇵🇹 Romania🇷🇴 Saudi Arabia🇸🇦 Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Serbia🇷🇸 South Africa🇿🇦 Spain🇪🇸 Sri Lanka🇱🇰 Tajikistan🇹🇯 Tanzania🇹🇿 Tunisia🇹🇳 Türkiye🇹🇷 Uganda🇺🇬 USA🇺🇸 and Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿


How can you help me to develop?

Our mission is to empower you to use the mindset so you can make your unique contribution to the world. Use our definition of the mindset. Find inspiration in our EXPRESS eZINE. Extend your network in our EXCHANGE webinars. Read our book, register for our workshops, get feedback with our Mindset Behaviour Assessment(MBA), join our special projects and apply for our awards.

How seven essential entrepreneurial behaviours

can help you make your unique contribution to the world

Can I buy a mindset book?

Get your hands on this inspiring step-by-step guide today! It will equip you with the tools you need to achieve success in a rapidly changing world. Enikő Koppány, Hungary, 2023.

A well-written, hands-on book. The reflective questions at the end of each chapter are an excellent guide to help people change their way of thinking. Bob Bastian, Italy, 2022.


The Entrepreneurial Mindset Network provides a range of workshops that accelerate the development of the mindset. These events are engaging, realistic, inclusive, make the most of your existing expertise and create actions that are designed to support real change.  All participants have the option to add an award to the Education section of their LinkedIn profile. 

How can I get feedback?

You can gain invaluable feedback about your entrepreneurial mindset by using our online Mindset Behaviour Assessment (MBA). The MBA is designed to make you think about your entrepreneurial behaviours. You can derive maximum benefit from the MBA by combining it with professional coaching to create a Personal Development Plan.

How can I get more involved?

If you are a Higher Education professional you can apply to become a partner in the SHINE Project (Scaling Higher Education Innovation using the Entrepreneurial Mindset).

Higher Education organisations can also apply for E-STAR accreditation which recognises the use of the Entrepreneurial mindset in Student education, Transfer of knowledge to business, Academic innovation and Regional impact.

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