07/11/2013 08:07 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2013

Entrepreneurs Tackle Big Questions About STEM And Business On Twitter


Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

How do you start a business with no money? That was just one of the questions discussed during a Twitter chat on entrepreneurship co-hosted by the HuffPost Girls in STEM program and HuffPost Business on Thursday at 12:30pm ET.

STEM entrepreneurs, educators, and advocates alike contributed to a lively discussion. Among the participants were Genevieve Theirs, Founder of, social technology inventor Vala Afshar and Vanessa Hurst, founder of Code Montage and Developers for Good.

Topics in the hour-long conversation ran the gammut from what holds girls in STEM back from launching their own companies, to how STEM startups and organizations can start working together more. One of the hottest topics of debate was the misunderstood motives for entrepreneurship. Participants tweeted that entrepreneurship isn't about the money or about becoming your own boss, the way many people tend to perceive it. In reality, they said, what motivates someone to become an entrepreneur is the inner all-consuming drive to solve problems.

As for starting a business when you're low in resources, check out how experts responded in the tweets below. Share your own answers to the questions in the comments, and be sure to join us for our next Twitter chat, slated for Thursday July 18th. Follow the #hpstem hashtag for more details.

What are the biggest joys of being an entrepreneur? What are the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur? A female entrepreneur? What kind of misconceptions are present around entrepreneurship? How does a person without any resources go about starting a business? Let’s talk partnership: Why are the STEM start-ups that currently exist not working together -- or are they? What holds girls in technology back from launching their own companies or working for emerging companies? What is the one thing to always remember as an entrepreneur? How can this thought motivate and support girls in STEM?