Entrepreneurship

Cultivating your entrepreneurial mindset for building innovative new business ventures

Launching new ventures with social and economic impact

This minor provides fundamental knowledge about what it takes to transform creative ideas into successful business ventures. Specifically, the minor will allow you to better appreciate different forms of entrepreneurship across different contexts, understand the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and find creative solutions for overcoming these challenges. This knowledge is extremely valuable for any student, because career success increasingly requires that you are proactive, promote change, and pursue new entrepreneurial initiatives that create economic and/or social value. So, if you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is definitely the minor for you. But also if you do not have plans to go in that direction, this minor is worthwhile because knowledge of entrepreneurship is critical to anyone who interacts in significant ways with entrepreneurs including managers in large established firms, consultants, bankers, and government policy makers.

Skills for employment market

The knowledge you gain from this minor is extremely valuable in today’s labor markets, because career success increasingly depends on your capacity to be proactive, promote change, and pursue new entrepreneurial initiatives that create economic and/or social value. Specifically, completing the minor will allow you to better appreciate the different forms of entrepreneurship across various contexts, understand the distinct challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and find creative solutions for overcoming these challenges. Indeed, both startup and corporate entrepreneurs often struggle to launch and grow new business ventures such that knowledge about how to successfully develop new entrepreneurial initiatives is essential to any student. So if you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is definitely the minor for you. But also if you do not have plans to go in that direction, this minor is valuable because knowledge of entrepreneurship is critical to anyone who interacts in significant ways with entrepreneurs including managers in large established firms, consultants, bankers, and government policy makers.

Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship:

This course introduces you to the concept of entrepreneurship, its role and importance in our society, and the process by which entrepreneurs transform new ideas into business ventures. You learn to apply basic theories from economics, sociology, and psychology to study key topics in entrepreneurship.

Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation:

In this course, you learn to understand and apply basic theories behind the processes of technology-based innovation within organizations and their environments, the development of innovation strategies, and the organizational implementation of innovation strategies.

Enterprising Behavior:

This course deals with the study and practice of entrepreneurial behavior. You will learn about the six so-called entrepreneurial skills: imagining and recognizing opportunities, taking action, perseverance, networking, teamwork, and persuasion.

Filming Entrepreneurship:

This course aims at facilitating you in experiencing, exploring, discovering and ‘reporting’ about entrepreneurship. In pairs, you create a (short) film about entrepreneurship so as to ‘activate’ your own curiosity, and to – visually – communicate their ideas and perspectives.

New Venture Creation:

In this course you work in a team to create a business plan that validates a business idea using the business canvas methodology. The teams will also present this business plan to a panel of experts, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Internship:

It is possible to replace two of the courses for an internship that will be supervised by one of the lecturers of the courses. The courses to be replaced are one course from period 1 and one course from period 2 (you decide). Internships should be aligned with one or more of the topics that are addressed in the minor and should be initiated by students. Proposals for an internship need approval from the minor coordinator.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission

This minor can be followed by all students in business administration and economics. In addition, advanced bachelor students (third year) from other faculties as well as other universities are welcome to join.

The minor entrepreneurship is especially interesting for:

•    All students in Business Administration and Economics.

•    All students from other academic bachelor programmes who are interested in entrepreneurship and who consider founding or working at a small business (e.g. health science, communication science, psychology, natural sciences).

Registration

VU student: you can register for the courses of the minor via VUnet from 15 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via register.vu.nl. More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.
If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:
Prof. dr. W. Stam| w.stam@vu.nl

Samenvatting Entrepreneurship

Taal

Engels

Duur

1 semester (30 EC)

StartDatum

1 September

Interessegebied

Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gedrag en Maatschappij

Faculteit

School of Business and Economics