The IEEE Entrepreneurship Vision

“The difference between entrepreneurs and most people is that most people see a mousetrap. Entrepreneurs see free cheese and a challenge.”

— Peter Shankman, founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO), angel investor, and entrepreneur.

At IEEE, we believe technology entrepreneurs are key drivers of tomorrow’s innovations and are integral to advancing technology for humanity. As an association with over 400,000 members worldwide, we seek to foster the entrepreneurship spirit by:

  • Providing an inspirational medium in which individuals are able to discuss and develop their ideas,
  • Accessing resources to help bring concepts to life,
  • Facilitating connections that lead to successful partnerships.

How we cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit. How you can get involved.

Jump in!

It sounds so simple, but there are many options available to you! If you identify yourself with any one (or more!) of the following:

  • Entrepreneur at any stage in the process, from aspiring to early-stage to seasoned founder
  • Technology Professional pouring your sweat equity into a startup
  • Vendor or Service Provider who wants to partner with others for success
  • Intrapreneur who is innovating an idea utilizing the resources and support provided by working within an established company

We invite you to take the leap…The IEEE Entrepreneurship community is at the forefront of turning ideas into successful businesses. We make it priority to help our members not just launch, but grow their ventures and facilitate the networking and mentoring of those who have the passion to translate their vision into reality.

Three Ways to Jump In

The IEEE Collabratec™ Entrepreneurship Community brings together individuals who have a passion for all things entrepreneurial. Here you can debate ideas, receive feedback, network, and tap into the minds of successful entrepreneurs and founders. The community is available to the public and requires the creation of an IEEE Collabratec profile.

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IEEE Entrepreneurship Portal is your online resource for growing your ideas and finding IEEE activity relevant to startup companies and founders. You will also find innovative tools, informative resources, and a local and regional event schedule.

Find a local or regional event

IEEE N3XT® events are designed to inspire tech startup founders, investors, and service providers. The events provide a forum for in-person networking while motivating attendees to improve their businesses. Whether you participate in-person or virtually, the event harnesses the passion of entrepreneurs through discussions of how to turn ideas into inventions — and ultimately success stories.

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About IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,” stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The association is chartered under this name and it is the full legal name. To learn more about the association’s name, for more information please read the History of IEEE.