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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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Taking advantage of the council's intrapreneur programme The Lens, Gail pitched her idea for the creation of community caddies which give residents the tools to carry out cleanups across Renfrewshire - be it a litter pick, hedge-cutting or trimming trees.
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It was almost a logical sequel for him to try his hand at intrapreneurship by joining the BNP Paribas intrapreneur accelerator.
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It can also be measured in terms of efficiencies, improved productivity, or fresh opportunities that the intrapreneur identifies -- and consequently seizes -- for the benefit of both the company and the client.
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But all this time, a walk across the hall into the Executive business office would have provided us with an interviewee who is both an intrapreneur and a leader with a talent for helping others to be the best they can be.