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Blend of want +‎ entrepreneur.


wantrepreneur (plural wantrepreneurs)

  1. A person who aspires to be an entrepreneur, especially one who never realizes this ambition.
    • 2010, Jen Groover, What If? and Why Not?: How to Transform Your Fears Into Action and Start the Business of Your Dreams, BenBella (2010), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      That's the reality, and if you can't get past the fear of scrutiny, you become a "wantrepreneur," someone who talks about starting a business but never gets around to it.
    • 2013, Danny Boice, "Why we need a 'Startup University' and how it would work", The Washington Post, 16 January 2013:
      There is something to be said for difficult initial conditions, which separate the entrepreneurs from the wantrepreneurs.
    • 2014, Cian Traynor, "Start-up Ireland", The Irish Times, 13 September 2014:
      Others are concerned that “wantrepreneurs” are jumping on the bandwagon, putting early-stage business resources, like accelerators and incubators, under strain.