Fostering youth entrepreneurship: Preliminary findings from the young entrepreneurs study

G. John Geldhof, Tenelle Porter, Michelle B. Weiner, Heather Malin, Kendall C. Bronk, Jennifer P. Agans, Megan Mueller, William Damon, Richard M. Lerner

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Entrepreneurship offers a viable and proven pathway to economic growth and personal fulfillment. However, the number of individuals engaged in entrepreneurial behaviors remains low. This discrepancy between entrepreneurial attitudes and action underscores the need for programs that foster the development of entrepreneurship in today's youth. We argue that a relational developmental systems approach can help researchers understand and facilitate the development of entrepreneurship. In this study, we triangulate across quantitative and qualitative data from the Young Entrepreneurs Study, showing that self-regulation skills, financial risk tolerance, innovation orientation, and the presence of entrepreneurial adults may be especially important for promoting entrepreneurial intent in older adolescents and young adults. We discuss limitations of the present data set and future directions for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-446
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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