Startup Founder Vs. Enterpreneur, What is the Difference?

What is a Startup Founder and an Entrepreneur

Alexander Lim
4 min readDec 27, 2021
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The world of entrepreneurship is always filled with challenges. If you are an entrepreneur, you must be ready to face any challenge in your life.

And if you are a startup founder, the challenge will come to you at your workplace. You must know that there are different kinds of business owner out there and each kind has its own set of challenges.

What is a Startup Founder?

In the entrepreneurial world, the term startup founder is generally used to describe someone who is building a business in the initial stage. These entrepreneurs are called as startup founders because they are building their business from scratch.

They start their business from a blank sheet of paper and then try to see the potential of the idea and put it into action. They do not have a well-established market for their product or service. The business of the startup founder is completely new and new markets are expected to be developed in it.

The startup founder must be prepared to face challenges. The main challenge is to see how their business ideas can be implemented. They will face challenges in finding resources, finding money, finding customers and even finding employees.

The second challenge that the startup founder faces is marketing their business. They have to promote their business by finding out potential customers and then targeting them. The third challenge that the startup founder faces is getting the resources to run their business.

What is an Entrepreneur?

The term entrepreneur is generally used to describe someone who runs a business and who is the leader of the business. Entrepreneurs are those who start their own business and then start to develop it into a well-established and large business.

Entrepreneurs also take care of their own business. They must be prepared to face challenges as well as opportunities in their lives.

The entrepreneur is the leader of the business. He or she has to be ready to lead their business and work as a team. The entrepreneur must be very good at making decisions and working on his or her business.

The Difference Between a Startup Founder and an Entrepreneur

Startup founders are often referred to as entrepreneurs. However, they are different from one another. Here are the main differences between the two:

Startup founders and entrepreneurs often face similar challenges. They both must build a company that is successful in the market. Entrepreneurs often think of strategies and work on new products and ideas.

Entrepreneurs also need to manage their employees and hire more staff members. On the other hand, startup founders also manage their employees and give out directions to them regarding their job performance. They also oversee the creation of new products and business ideas for their company.

Startup founders build their businesses from scratch. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, can be anyone who has an idea and wants to make it a reality. They can be anyone who owns a small business or a big company.

Startup founders often have a greater responsibility in their business. They founded, manage, and ran their business. Entrepreneurs are the ones who think of ways to make a company successful. They also create new products and ideas for their company.


The main difference between startup founders and entrepreneurs is that startup founders manage the business that they created from the ground up, while entrepreneurs look for an opportunity to create a business or develop an existing business.

In the startup world, a startup founder will start a business with a clear vision and a clear idea of what they want to do. They have a strong belief in their ideas and they have already created a roadmap for themselves.

On the other hand, an entrepreneur has the ability to analyse an opportunity and use his/her skills to grow a business. They also have the ability to identify different challenges that they will face and then build a plan for overcoming them.

About the Author

I hope that my post has helped you know more about Startups. Feel free to leave a comment and tag me and I will answer them. Follow my profile to get the latest content I post to stay ahead of the curve.

I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces, and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.

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Alexander Lim

Founder of Cudy Technologies (, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.