Podcasts have increased in popularity over recent years, with around 68 million (or one in four) Americans listening to at least one each month.

Most listeners are aged between 18 and 34 (44%), followed by 35–54 year olds (33%) and over 55 year olds (16%).

Podcasts are a great way to gain inspiration or learn a new technique that will take your business to new heights.

Here are five business podcasts to inspire you next business idea:

  1. Entrepreneurs on Fire

    Founded and hosted by John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneurs on Fire features guests who share their ‘a-ha’ moments, their lowest points and what their future holds.

    And with more than 1,900 interviews to listen to, there is plenty of content for budding and established entrepreneurs to learn from.

  2. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

    Established in 2013 by The New York Times best-selling author and former professional athlete Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness helps individuals find ways to unlock their own greatness.

    It features inspiring stories from business people, athletes and celebrities.

  3. HBR IdeaCast

    Harvard Business Review’s HBR IdeaCast is a weekly podcast hosted by the magazine’s executive editor Sarah Green Carmichael.

    It features interviews with some leading management and business minds. Previous interviewees have included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and INSEAD professor Erin Meyer.

  4. No Quit Living

    If there’s one thing successful businesspeople have in common, it’s that they never give up. That’s the underlying theme of No Quit Living.

    Through this podcast you’ll hear stories from entrepreneurs, speakers, authors and a range of other experts who will give you inspiration and motivation to reach your own goals.

  5. Inside LaunchStreet

    Founded by Tamara Kleinberg, Inside LaunchStreet discusses all things innovation. It features interviews with top innovators that will help you stay ahead of the game in this increasingly innovation-oriented world.

  6. WorkLife with Adam Grant

    WorkLife focuses on one unconventional workplace each week to find out better ways that it could work. It is hosted by psychology professor and best-selling author Adam Grant.

    WorkLife is an original TED podcast so if you already enjoy TED Talks, this could be the right podcast for you.

These online courses offered by top universities are a great way for leaders to tap into new ideas and access cutting-edge thinking in their field and beyond.