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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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In response to the gap in professional skills required in the tech industry, Fofx Academy, a school for digital skills, partners with BizSkills Academy to provide learning opportunities and skills required to grow its students mindsets into job creators as well as intrapreneurs in the tech space.
Internally, all employees, ideators, intrapreneurs and makers are called upon to participate, overcoming barriers in the name of creativity.
While there are many resources available for entrepreneurs, very few are available for intrapreneurs beyond generic platitudes such as "take risks" or "ask for forgiveness, not permission."
Acumen seeks individuals committed to creating positive change in Pakistan, who are either entrepreneur who have built their own startups or intrapreneurs working in a position of influence within an organization.
They will also learn about the sectors which have undergone disruption and the one's that remain ripe for disruption, as well as the changing approach to innovation fueling both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. The program culminates in a case study in which participants learn how to develop their own FinTech solutions, strategies and pitch to prospective investors and financial institutions.
Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses.
Lawyers are not generally known for being intrapreneurs. The profession has a reputation, mostly deserved, for preferring to do things the way they've always been done.
As many entrepreneurs have a desire to be "their own boss", with responsibility for the destiny of their company, then their equivalents within large organisations - intrapreneurs - also have a desire to have sole control over the destiny of their particular idea.
Many entrepreneurs desire to be "their own boss", with responsibility for the destiny of their company; and their equivalents within large organisations - intrapreneurs - also wish to have sole control over the destiny of their particular idea.
Paris: Innovation, a fundamental part of BNP Paribas' corporate culture, produced a unique new entity within the RISK function--an incubator for intrapreneurs. The Innovation Booster will favor the development of disruptive projects to accelerate internal innovation.