This dissertation explores the relationship between entrepreneurial passion and entrepreneurial persistence within small-size companies. Although prior literature has acknowledged that entrepreneurial passion enhances entrepreneurial persistence, a better understanding of the role of opportunity evaluation in this context is needed. Using data from 176 entrepreneurs, I suggest that gain estimation, loss estimation, and feasibility moderate the relationship between entrepreneurial passion and entrepreneurial persistence and that this relationship leads to the invention and development of new business opportunities. Implications for theory and practice as well as avenues for future research are discussed.
INDEX WORDS: Entrepreneurial passion, Entrepreneurial persistence, Opportunity evaluation