Can you bottle entrepreneurial spirit?

After observing Cambridge-based technology entrepreneurs, researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council have found that an entrepreneurs’ natural ability to take risks and make quick decisions could be recreated by synthesised drugs.

These entrepreneurial traits have been linked to the release of dopamine in the brain: the same chemical that swamps your system when you eat chocolate or listen to music. Drugs could be developed to enhance entrepreneurial traits by mimicking these reactions.

Professor Barbara Sahakian, lead author of the research, said: "Not all risk-taking is disadvantageous… Risky decision-making is an essential part of the entrepreneurial process and may be possible to teach, particularly in young adults where higher risk-taking is likely and age-appropriate."

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To find out more, check out this article on the evolutionary entrepreneur.

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