Tilburg University Summer School

We offer you intensive academic summer courses (ECTS Accredited) combined with cultural and social activities.

International Entrepreneurship Program

  • Course period: 14 July – 7 August 2014
  • Course load: 6 ECTS
  • Max participants: 25
  • Course leader: Prof.dr. Geert Duysters

Why entrepreneurship?

The business world needs people with spirit, insight, and talent to create innovation. That is why innovation and entrepreneurship are key priorities on global policy agendas. It is at Tilburg University that new entrepreneurs develop their business knowledge and skills. So why don’t you start your entrepreneurial future at Tilburg University?

Supporting successful entrepreneurship

The Tilburg University Summer School International Entrepreneurship Program is a four-week program offered by the Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship (TCE) during the summer break. It combines academic courses with skills trainings, a company visit, entrepreneurial games, and a final challenge to support your successful entrepreneurial future.

Course aims

The International Entrepreneurship Program will introduce you to and deepen your knowledge and skills on entrepreneurship in an international setting. The program will put theory into daily practice by offering courses and skills training, necessary to assess and shape an opportunity and to present your findings to a panel of experts.

Course outline

During the first three weeks, you will attend academic courses in the morning, followed by a skills training session in the afternoon. The skills training sessions are more general. Their aim is to enhance the academic knowledge and build a bridge towards the more practical aspects of entrepreneurship. The program concludes with a final challenge in Week 4. Students break up into teams to tackle a real-life case study from a local entrepreneur and compete for the title of Tilburg University Summer School Entrepreneurship Team of the year.

Examples of topics academic courses Examples of topics workshops
Entrepreneurship and opportunity recognition How to write a business plan
Success factors in entrepreneurships Decision making
Legal ingredients for innovation Sales skills
Causes of business failure and how to avoid them Presenting your argument

Course specifics

Given the international nature of the program, it is our desire to attract students from different cultures and backgrounds. This way we can strengthen the program's multidisciplinary focus. All participants who successfully complete this program will receive a certificate for 6 ECTS credits.
In the event of insufficient numbers of participants, TCE reserves the right to cancel the course.

Registration & application

All participants should register with the Tilburg University Summer School, including Tilburg University students and staff. The program offers spots to a maximum of 25 students, undergraduates and graduates. Bachelor's students need to have acquired at least 100 ECTS to enroll, however. Registration is possible as of the beginning of February.

Costs & accommodation

The course fee is € 1050,- for four weeks. This includes an information file, course materials and an interesting academic program. It excludes travel costs, housing costs, study materials and cultural and social activities. The course fee does not include accommodation. All participants have to arrange accommodation themself. Tilburg University Summer School recommends you book a room with a housing company directly. If you wish to do so, you can indicate this at the time of your registration. The accommodations are student rooms. Please visit our website for more information about accommodation to get an idea of the rooms.

Who can apply?

The program is open to students who have already taken their first steps on the road toward entrepreneurship and those who have an interest in the subject but have no specific plans yet. The main aim is to enhance the academic knowledge and build a bridge towards the more practical aspects of entrepreneurship.

More information

For more detailed course information please take a look at our brochure. For additional questions you can contact Ms. Jessica van den Bosch LLM MBA.

About TCE

Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship, it’s here that new entrepreneurs develop their business knowledge and skills. Since the business world needs people with nerve, insight and talent to create innovation, Tilburg University regards this program as an important initiative.

A summer with us will inspire you, challenge you, and help you towards successfully launching your idea.

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