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How to Start a Business In Or After College

Published June 28, 2021

Why do young people go to college? The straightforward question was posed to 11,113 high school students and 2,960 parents by The Princeton Review in 2021. For 43% of respondents, the answer was “getting a better job with higher income”, while only 25% correlated college with “education."

Meanwhile, more studies show that 72% of high schoolers plan to start their own business one day, with 61% being specific about becoming entrepreneurs “right after college”. Turns out, the Princeton survey should’ve had one more checkmark: college as a pathway to entrepreneurship. But if so, do you really have to wait till graduation — or long after, to start a business?

We talked with several young and brilliant entrepreneurs who combined a degree with a budding business to discover what collegepreneruship is all about.

Here are the personal stories and tips on how to become your own boss — sooner rather than later!

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