New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship (Summer)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Business, Business Management
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of our time, throughout the world. This means not only start-ups, but also the development of new activities by existing firms and spin-offs by universities, company expansions and takeovers. This course follows a sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with all the economic, social and ecological aspects of new ventures.
Much of the precise content is determined by the students themselves, who are expected to come up with their own business ideas and contributions. After morning lectures on such topics as the start-up process, the business model canvas, entrepreneurial competencies and enterprising behaviour, in the afternoons and evenings you work on practical assignments with support from outside experts. The course ends with the presentation of your assignment report in a Dragon’s Den setting.
- You are familiar with the latest recent theories in new venture creation.
- You are able to start your own enterprise in any national or regional context.
At least one visit to an institution or organization that plays a pivotal role in entrepreneurship in Amsterdam.
Lectures, workshops, fieldwork
Students of any discipline – not just Business Studies – who are interested in new venture creation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to form a very diverse international group.