Theories of Technology Venture Creation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theories of Technology Venture Creation

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Period 1

    Level: 400

    The potential role of carbon capture and use (CCU) in the climate crisis is promising, yet it’s future seems to be hanging in the balance. It appears that the success of a new technology will not only be determined by technical, but also by the social and economic aspects and actors that are part of the innovation ecosystem. But how exactly are new ideas and technologies harnessed and shaped in the context of the innovation ecosystem? This is the question that we explore in this course.

    After this course you are able to critically analyze the development of new technologies from the perspective of the entrepreneur and the innovation ecosystem. You will have sharpened your skills in critical thinking, presenting, discussing and essay writing.

    We study how new and emerging technologies find their way to the market in the context of the innovation ecosystem. Insights are created and challenged by critically reflecting and discussing relevant literature in an interactive setting.

    The first half of the course is designed as a "journal club", in which we study relevant scientific papers and cases. In the second half of the course, we will focus on writing an essay in which you analyze the social dynamics of a new emerging technology. Participants of the minor Technology Entrepreneurship are strongly advised to link the topic of their essay to their science-based business opportunity. This course provides a critical stepping stone in being able to execute the Minor TE, especially the TE in Practice component of this Minor TE.

    Working groups in which literature is studied and discussed, individual essay writing


    • Journal club presentations (25% - team-based assessment)
    • Participation in discussions during working groups (25% - individual assessment)
    • Essay (35% - individual assessment)
    • (Essay content) presentation (15% - individual assessment)

    Basic knowledge of scientific principles behind life sciences and energy sciences. Basic knowledge of Business & innovation sciences.

    The first two years of the Bachelor’s programme in Science, Business and Innovation offer an ideal preparation for this course. Key concepts and skills can be applied in this course.

    The concepts and themes introduced in this course build upon the SBI curriculum. The course is structured in such a way that its content is manageable for students from other FEW science programs. The skills that are developed in this course (evaluating literature, critical thinking, essay writing, presenting) can be of great use in your Bachelor’s thesis.The first two years of the Bachelor’s programme in Science, Business and Innovation offer an ideal preparation for this course. Key concepts and skills can be applied in this course.

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