1 August 2020
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New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship
The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of this time, all over the world. This course follows a double approach. The first approach is the sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with the economic, social and ecological aspects of new ventures. The second approach is the life cycle of the firm approach, dealing with the changes of the firm and the entrepreneur during the life cycle of the firm.
The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of this time, all over the world. The creation of new ventures is not limited to start-ups only, but also applies to the development of new activities by existing firms (among them corporates) and spin-offs by universities, company expansions, take-overs, and scale-ups, and much more.
Amsterdam offers a broad and interesting palette of entrepreneurs, firms and entrepreneurial organizations, this is called the Amsterdam entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Center for Entrepreneurship of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (CfE@VU) plays an important role in the Amsterdam entrepreneurial ecosystem. Therefore, this international summer school is the right opportunity to study new venture creation and entrepreneurship.
This course follows a double approach. The first approach is the sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with the economic, social and ecological aspects of new ventures. The second approach is the life cycle of the firm approach, dealing with the changes of the firm and the entrepreneur during the life cycle of the firm.
Next to above mentioned approaches, an important part of the content of this course is determined by the students themselves, who are expected to come up with their own business ideas and contributions, guided by the course lecturers.
After morning lectures which discuss topics as the Business Model Canvas for Start-ups and Scale-ups and the Amsterdam entrepreneurial ecosystem, in the afternoons the students work on practical assignments, with additional support from outside experts.
The course ends with the elevator pitches of the team assignments, in a Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank setting.
Prof. Enno Masurel, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship
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. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.
After having finished this course successfully, the student is able to:
- Work with the most recent insights in the field of new venture creation and entrepreneurship.
- Start his/her own enterprise in any national or regional context.
Contact hours: 45
Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with a course in session 1 to create a 4-week Summer School in Amsterdam.
EUR 1150: The tuition fee of a two-week course is €1150. This tuition fee includes:
- Airport pick-up service
- Course excursions
- Orientation programme and welcome
- On-site support and 24/7 emergency assistance
- A transcript of records and certificate of attendance after completing the course
- Meal vouchers to be spent at the university restaurant for either lunch or dinner
- A discounted access to our sport facilities
VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.Register for this course
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