A Brief History of Entrepreneurship some links about entrepreneurship on this blog. Nowadays entrepreneurship is a popular subject among students of business as well as among management scholars and researchers.(Nagarajan 2009) E.g. Lashan Clarke (Edited by Michele McDonough 2011) writes about history of entrepreneurship.
According Margaret Miller Hirsch, Peter and Shepherd revealed that first entrepreneur definition took Marco Polo as an example of an upcoming entrepreneur who made the greatest attempt of establishing the trade routes. The strategy, Marco Polo followed, was that he made a contract with a good and dependable venture capitalist on a 25% - 75% basis to get his ventures financed. (Margaret Miller: History of entrepreneurship)
As known, the term entrepreneurship can be traced back to as early as the Middle Ages,when the entrepreneur was simply someone who carried out tasks, such as buildings and construction projects by applying all the resources at his disposal. However, it was during the16th century when business was used as a common term, and the entrepreneur came into focus as a person who is responsible for undertaking a business venture. In the 18th century,early economists, for instance one known as Richard Cantillon, added that an entrepreneur bears risk as part of his work definition.(History of Entrepreneurship)
J. Gregory Dees & Miriam and Peter Haas (1998) wrote paper "The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship" (PDF)
The history of entrepreneurship at HBS.
A short history of entrepreneurship