Someone who develops and brings to market a technology solution (new app, sensor, AR-Augmented Reality, etc.) to address a problem in society or within the business world. This is a wide open career, and rather risky, but the potential is also great. If you have an idea for a new product, and a good sense for business, this may be the career for you! Frequently, the wealthiest people in the world are technical entrepreneurs, and if you have the right idea, you could be the next one!

A Typical Day

Daily tasks are largely dependent upon the specifics of the enterprise, but may include:

  • Manage or work with people of various skill sets.
  • Complete technical work, such as design, programming.
  • Be aware of, and ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Make decisions about the strategic direction of the enterprise.

Recommended Credentials

The technology and business skills and related experience needed to confidently develop and sell a product. 

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


20FathomsBuilding a business, finance, marketing, legal accounting, pitch your business classes

Northwestern Michigan College, Core Business Administration classes

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Building a business classes

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

  • Join Junior Achievement at your school
  • Start or join a business club (ex. DECA)
  • Participate in an online problem solver contests (ex. Cisco)
  • Go to TC New Tech and consider joining
  • Take an idea from a concept to a finished product and selling it (could be a game, useful tool or service, even a work of art)
  • Read about Steve Jobs and other successful Tech Entrepreneurs

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Take high school and online classes in technology and business that can help you develop important skills.

Get involved in FIRST Robotics on the technical and/or business side of this skills competition.

Pathway 2

If you have your idea ready, prepare your pitch, and check out one of the following competitions! 

Enroll in the NMC Engineering Technology program and let your imagination roll in their MakerSpace!

Pathway 3

Learn more about start your own business, work with SCORE Traverse City and 20Fathoms to get started.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Tech Entrepreneur 

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Technical Entrepreneur