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an employee of a corporation who has the freedom and financial support to create new products, services, or systems for the corporation without having to follow its protocols
Not to be confused with:
entrepreneur – one who organizes and manages an enterprise; one who owns and runs his own business; an independent contractor
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A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk taking and innovation.

[Blend of intra- and entrepreneur.]

in′tra·pre·neur′i·al adj.
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(Commerce) a person who while remaining within a larger organization uses entrepreneurial skills to develop a new product or line of business as a subsidiary of the organization
[C20: from intra- + (entre)preneur]
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(ˌɪn trə prəˈnɜr, -ˈnʊər, -ˈnyʊər)

an employee of a corporation allowed to exercise some independent entrepreneurial initiative.
[1975–80; intra- + (entre)preneur]
in`tra•pre•neur′i•al, adj.
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The study casts new light on the hidden inhibitors of organisational innovativeness and helps understand the limited involvement of some corporate managers, which translates into low levels of corporate intrapreneurship.
With the aim of solving identified problems, we have developed scientific and practical recommendations on promoting ideas in the real sector of the economy, improving processes of innovative production or processes of manufacturing innovative projects as well as implementing the "intrapreneurship" mechanism.
We're beginning to see public intrapreneurship, such as in the local government innovation labs that are springing up all over the place.
Over the past few years, the WSIE has acted as the stage for launching several life-altering initiatives, according to Hamdan, who cites the global water innovation exchange and a corporate intrapreneurship league as examples.
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The conference on "intrapreneurship" heard from Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed and Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, who has injected a more business-led and intrapreneurial approach within the council.
Nhuri is one of those people who has to choose between intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship: Without knowing more, I can point out that it's clear you have great confidence in your business, so sooner or later you'll have to give it a go full-time.
According to the promoters of Turn8, people who can participate in the initiative may fall in any of the following categories: creative geniuses with an idea for innovative business and technology, policy makers working to build an entrepreneurial infrastructure, wisdom dealers (mentors) sharing their business expertise with the next generation of entrepreneurs, smart sellers (service providers) supporting teams with their service and product offerings, investors/opportunity hunters seeking ROI from vetted startups, innovative businesses seeking innovation breakthroughs through competitions, sponsorships and intrapreneurship and DP World staff who wish to exercise their entrepreneurialism.
Next time I will discuss another form of how innovation happens in organisations: Intrapreneurship. I conclude with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him.