Entrepreneurship and Innovation


This page is meant to be a broad introduction to Entrepreneurship and a guide to some of the many resources available.

Business Textbooks (Open Access)

Introduction to this guide

Got the next big thing that will rock the world but not sure where to start?

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur - or just beginning your first entrepreneurial venture, this guide will kick-start the research you need for a successful start up!

This guide aims to help you on your entrepreneurial journey with resources staring with idea generation all the way to the day to day operations of your company. This page is a starting point for resources and not at all comprehensive. The path to entrepreneurship is not always this linear, but no matter what step you are at, we have resources to help you!

Here we focus on many Open Access Resources that you can still have access to once you graduate, although there are some resources here restricted to only current UofA students, faculty, and staff.

How to start a business in six steps. 1 Finalise your Business Idea. 2 Research, Research, Research. 3 Write a business plan. 4 develop your business skills. 5 Register your business, apply for licenses and permits. 6 launch and market your business.

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If you are not associated with the UofA we also recommend checking out your local public library for resources. For those located in Edmonton you can get a Free Edmonton Public Library Card and the following document lists some useful resources:

What is Entrepreneurship?

In this context, entrepreneurship refers to all the building blocks needed to set up a business. Entrepreneurship and innovation are also often defined as the self-directed pursuit of opportunities that creates social and/or economic value for our communities within the immediate or longer-term time frame. This also includes social entrepreneurship that drive to solve societal needs.