Technology Entrepreneurship

Developing business ideas by using background in science or technology

Technology Entrepeneurship

Are you considering to start your own company one day? Are you interested in building  a comprehensive business plan for a science and technology driven start-up?

Technology entrepreneurs usually have a background in science and technology who utilize their vision, technical knowledge and unique network to establish business ventures. In the minor program “Technology entrepreneurship” you learn how technology entrepreneurs address market needs and build companies by exploiting scientific insights and new technologies.

The minor integrates both an academic and a practitioner perspective to the exploration, development and exploitation of scientific knowledge.
You study relevant topics such as Economics for Scientists, Entrepreneurship, Open Innovation and  Intellectual Property rights. You put theory into practical perspective and learn from experienced entrepreneurs by participating in a variety of interactive masterclasses.
The core of this program is the 12 EC “Technology Entrepreneurship In Practice” module that  runs through the entire semester, where you apply the lessons learned in the science-business domain of your interest. Further 6 EC courses include: Forms and Foundations of Entrepreneurship, Open Innovation in Sciences, Economics for Scientists (MOOC format). This course series and the masterclasses are programmed and interconnected so that small student teams (2 – 3) are enabled to identify, research and develop a scientific idea of choice in order to generate a comprehensive business plan.  This means you will not only study technology entrepreneurship; you will become a technology entrepreneur! 

Learning objectives
At the end of this course series, you will be able to:
•    Demonstrate understanding, critical assessment and application of the concepts related to the process of exploring, developing and exploiting science-based business opportunities,
•    Demonstrate understanding of the rich contextual environment of science-based entrepreneurship and become familiar with the nature of the relationships with key stakeholders, necessary to develop a business.
•    Demonstrate and gain awareness of the entrepreneurial competencies you possess and which competencies should be developed further in order to be able to succeed in technology entrepreneurship.
•    Indicate how and to what extent technology entrepreneurship should be part of your future career. 

Career prospects
Technology entrepreneurs are the driving force behind our evolving knowledge economy. They can work in any context, from small start-ups to larger organizations. Unsurprisingly, they are in high demand. Having completed this minor allows you to enroll in the Master SBI program.
The program will let you acquire the essential knowledge and competences to work as a technology entrepreneur. As you engage in authentic and real-world experiences, you will be able to deepen your knowledge through practice and extend your learnings by reflecting on them in the classroom. More importantly, by actively undergoing the entrepreneurial process, you are able to empathize with, understand and 'feel' the real-life world of the entrepreneur. This allows you to clearly make decisions as to what extent entrepreneurship should be part of your future career.
“This minor taught me that one needs to be an out of the office guy, but also a scientist and academic who knows how to explore an innovation. Doing this minor has made me even more determined to succeed as an entrepreneur, I really don’t see any other way then starting my own company right now” - Dirk Eecen - student Science, Business & Innovation

For whom?
This minor program is an integral part of the Bachelor Science, Business & Innovation at VU University Amsterdam.
•    This minor is a specialization in Science, Business & Innovation and is directly accessible for 3rd year Bsc SBI students.
•    Bachelor students in life sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences, technology or interdisciplinary sciences with a minimum of 60 EC in Sciences and Maths can apply. Examples are:
o    Natural sciences (Physics, Chemistry)
o    Life sciences (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences)
o    Technology (e.g. Engineering, Molecular Science & Technology, Nanobiology)
o    Computer sciences (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, IMM)
o    Interdisciplinary sciences (e.g. Beta-gamma, Natuurwetenschappen & Innovatiemanagement)

The Minor Technology Entrepreneurship is designed to offer ambitious science students the possibility to engage in a unique learning experience.
We are looking for students who:
•    Have the ambition to develop and exploit science-based business for smaller (e.g. start-ups) or larger organizations;
•    Have an interdisciplinary mindset, as demonstrated by enrollment in an interdisciplinary study program, participation in courses not related to the core scientific discipline, or by individual entrepreneurial or work experience;
•    Have a strong drive to improve entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills;
•    Are keen to work in small teams, have a high degree of commitment, are open to self-reflection and demonstrate the willingness to improve as a team member. 

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

Admission and registration

Application and enrollment
Please mind that the program has a limit of 30 participants and an ongoing selection procedure is in place. You are advised to apply before June 20, 2019.

Apply by sending the following documents to to the attention of Peter van Hoorn (course coordinator).

Include the following documents in your application:
  • Name and location of the program you are enrolled in currently
  • Your resume
  • A motivation letter (1 page) explaining your compliance with the enrollment criteria and reason of your interest in this minor program
More information about application: the application procedure.

Based on the written application each applicant will be invited for a personal interview with the Minor coordinator and possibly with another SBI staff member. After this intake, you will be personally contacted and invited to join the minor Technology Entrepreneurship or given feedback on why you have not been selected.

Questions about the programme

This minor is coordinated by Peter van Hoorn. For more information, please send an e-mail to

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