BP10 In Action

Tim O. Peterson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean
College of Business
North Dakota State University

"As a business professor, I've been using strengths in the classroom for quite some time. One of the classes I teach is an entrepreneurship course for incoming freshmen, for which I require all the students to take the BP10 assessment. Even in the early stages of this initiative, I have already seen students express excitement about and own their builder talents with such passion. Many tell me they plan to start businesses after college -- and some aren't even waiting until then. I am confident that these stories will become more numerous and more impactful as we continue to gain momentum in developing entrepreneurs and builders at an early age."

"...we need to make identifying builders as intentional as we do finding kids with genius IQs, or recruiting the next football, basketball, and baseball stars."

Jim Clifton
Chairman of Gallup
Coauthor of Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder


Scott Lilly

Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Campus Relations
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

"Our organization is focused on innovation and using the BP10 is a perfect way for us to connect innovation and entrepreneurship. We've helped students from more than 20 schools discover their builder talents with the BP10. It's been incredible watching these students work together to put their talents into action, and the BP10 is proving to be a valuable asset to these young entrepreneurs and our organization. We think this could be a game-changer for us as we look to create 'job makers' rather than just 'job takers'."


Belle Lockerby

Entrepreneur & Coach
Perth, Australia

"I've managed a not-for-profit focused on business incubation and start-ups and I've coached a lot of entrepreneurs and builders as they've started and grown businesses. I'm a firm believer that success in any area comes with the ability to access and activate both your internal strengths and external support resources.

The first step in the success process is building self-awareness. I'm passionate about helping people connect to their own potential and create strategies for success they had not considered. BP10 is a perfect tool for creating this awareness, whether it's with entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, or solopreneurs. I'm using BP10 right now in a 'mumpreneurship' program, and the participants love it!"


Dan Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer
Invest Nebraska

"At Invest Nebraska, we help entrepreneurs, researchers, and existing companies commercialize their technologies, launch and grow new businesses, and access needed capital. We know that significant growth within these companies can only occur when they focus on the core strengths and talents of their leadership team. We are excited to offer BP10 to our clients as it gives these leaders an additional pathway to achieve their high growth ambitions."


Brian Quebengco

Enderun Colleges

"I've been coaching people on their strengths for years. When Gallup launched BP10, I immediately required all students in my Entrepreneurial Behavior class to complete the assessment. The results have completely changed my method of teaching. BP10 allows me not to simply teach a class, but each student in the class. When students tell me how their results affirm who they are, I can sense the confidence in their voice when they start talking and sharing about their talents and what they want to do in starting a business."

Builder Profile 10 In The News

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Silicon Prairie News: Omaha entrepreneur Willy Theisen helps guide next generation of business builders

In the early 1970s, a young man named Willy Theisen was driving cross country to California when his car broke down on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. He was assisted by a stranger and decided to move in with his family temporarily until he could save enough to fix the car. What happened from there is now a part of Omaha's history.

CAPTRUST: Entrepreneurship Over 50

Starting a business after the age of 50 allows individuals to stay engaged, earn income, remain productive, stay independent, and pursue something they love, says Dr. Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, principal scientist for entrepreneurship and job creation at Gallup.

Silicon Prairie News: The Nebraska Builder Initiative is Changing Entrepreneurship and Education

The young entrepreneurs built a t-shirt company, designing shirts that display inspirational messages based on their own personal struggles. The student emcees explained that they've always been told what they're bad at, but for the first time in their lives, the program taught them how to utilize their weaknesses as unique business advantages.

Silicon Prairie News: The Nebraska Builder Initiative Launches

The new program allows students to learn more about their own entrepreneurial abilities and how they can create economic energy and social impact where none previously existed. This skill set is referred to as their "Builder Talent."

GALLUP: Job Creators: Keep Out?

As debates about immigration intensify, particularly in the U.S. and Western Europe, countries should consider that many entrepreneurial migrants are job creators.

GALLUP: Global Economic Stagnation: The Fix (Part 1)

Amid global economic stagnation, a new class of entrepreneurs, or -- more broadly -- of "builders," could potentially emerge to create jobs and revive economies. Business and city leaders need to find and develop them.

GALLUP: Global Economic Stagnation: The Fix (Part 2)

Amid global economic stagnation, a new class of entrepreneurs, or -- more broadly -- of "builders," could potentially emerge to create jobs and revive economies. Business and city leaders need to find and develop them.

GALLUP: Global Economic Stagnation: The Fix (Part 3)

Amid global economic stagnation, a new class of entrepreneurs, or -- more broadly -- of "builders," could potentially emerge to create jobs and revive economies. Business and city leaders need to find and develop them.

GALLUP: To Innovate, Think Like an Entrepreneur

A model of innovation and entrepreneurialism isn't limited to just startups. Existing companies are scrambling to find new growth platforms and entrepreneurial talents are playing an increasing role in these existing and well-established firms to find new avenues of growth.

GALLUP: U.S. Schools Can Help Win the "Entrepreneurship Championship"

While dreaming of sports greatness has a powerful and storied place in the American psyche, it's time to inspire other dreaming in the nation's youth -- dreaming that ignites and sustains long-term economic energy in every community across the country..

Cornell University: Planting Entrepreneurial Seeds at Cornell University

According to leaders at Cornell's Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship in the School of Hotel Administration, the BP10 assessment addresses the need to talk with students about entrepreneurship early on in their education....

CNBC: The big economic issue the candidates aren't talking about

...what the candidates are not acknowledging is that small businesses - a traditional engine of job creation in the United States - make up a shrinking percentage of total businesses, and they are not creating as many jobs as they once did. Read the full article.

GALLUP: Young Entrepreneurs: Will They Fix Mexico's Economy?

The Mexico City government is assessing the entrepreneurial talents of many of its public high school students between the ages of 14 and 18, particularly focusing on students who have expressed interest in starting a business..

Skills Learned in School Differ From Those Demanded at Work

Gallup lead researcher for Entrepreneurship and Job Creation, Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, shares new Gallup research that shows employers believe that college graduates aren't developing the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace. The article includes information on a quasi-experimental study on Gallup's BP10 and the effects on college students. Read the full article.

How One Accelerator Turns to Talent to Foster Entrepreneurial Success

Gallup writer Bryant Ott depicts how one organization is changing the way it operates to incorporate Gallup's Entrepreneurial Profile 10 assessment. Straight Shot and its managing director, David Arnold, are using Gallup's BP10 assessment to learn more about the organizations that apply to their program. Read the full article.

CNBC: 10 traits of blue-chip entrepreneurs

A Q&A with the coauthor of "Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder"
CNBC's Elaine Pofeldt interviews Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, Gallup's primary researcher for entrepreneurship and job creation. They discuss Gallup's latest book and the important role that entrepreneurs play in the world -- and how finding them early is the key to turning around any economy. Read the full article.

Inc. Magazine: Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur

Groundbreaking new research shows what sets Inc. 500 CEOs apart from the pack.
Gallup was pleased to take part in some exciting new research in partnership with Inc. magazine to offer Gallup's ESF assessment to the latest cadre of America's fastest-growing private companies. We invite you to read the full text of the article on the Inc. website. In addition, Inc. profiled 10 successful entrepreneurs from the 2014 Inc. 500 who each are the best of the best in one of the 10 talents.