Who is an Entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is a person who has possession of an enterprise, or venture, andassumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome. It is anambitious leader who combines land, labor, and capital to create and market newgoods or services.  The term is a loanword from French and was first defined bythe Irish economist Richard Cantillon. Entrepreneur in English is a term applied tothe type of personality who is willing to take upon herself or himself a new ventureor enterprise and accepts full responsibility for the outcome. Jean-Baptiste Say, afrench economist, believed to be coined the word Entrepreneur first in about at1800. He said an entrepreneur is "one who undertakes an enterprise, especially acontractor, acting as intermediatory between capital and labour".Entrepreneurship is often difficult and tricky, resulting in many new venturesfailing. The word entrepreneur is often synonymous with founder. Most commonly,the term entrepreneur applies to someone who creates value by offering a productor service, by carving out a niche in the market that may not exist currently.Entrepreneurs tend to identify a market opportunity and exploit it by organizingtheir resources effectively to accomplish an outcome that changes existinginteractions within a given sector.Observers see them as being willing to accept a high level of personal,professional or financial risk to pursue opportunity.Business entrepreneurs are viewed as fundamentally important in the capitalisticsociety. Some distinguish business entrepreneurs as either "politicalentrepreneurs" or "market entrepreneurs," while social entrepreneurs' principalobjectives include the creation of a social and/or environmental benefit.EtymologyCredit for coining the word "entrepreneur" goes to Jean-Baptiste Say, a nineteenthcentury economist. The word "entrepreneur" is a loanword from French where its female is"entrepreneuse". In French the verb "entreprendre" means "to undertake," with"entre" coming from the Latin word meaning "between," and "prendre" meaning"to take." In French a person who performs a verb, has the ending of the verbchanged to "eur," comparable to the "er" ending in English. "Unternehmer" (lit."undertaker" in the literal sense of the word) is the high German equivalent andcuriously, "Unternehmensforschung" is the German equivalent of OperationsResearch although the Anglo-Saxon model of the firm is fairly anti-thetical to thenotion of management as a science.Enterprise is similar to and has roots in, the French word "entreprise," which is thepast participle of "entreprendre."Entrepreneur as a leader