Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation BSc
A truly unique program for those who can’t wait to create new value through entrepreneurship and business innovation. Learn how to drive an organization forward with business innovation or how to change the world with a new start-up that will scale to a large company. We aim to educate entrepreneurial, open-minded academically trained thinkers who are eager to gain new knowledge. Graduates with self-confidence, ready to take action and create new economic, social and environmental value.
Education as of September 2022
All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the corona situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.
offered at Research University level
with guidance from a student mentor and a lecturer mentor
Short overview of the BSc Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Follow your passion
Why study just business if you could instead join a rigorous academic degree program to study how business is started and scaled-up? Learn all aspects of the entrepreneurial process, including the role of business innovation in creating and capturing value. Prepare for international business by studying how entrepreneurs start businesses to serve global markets. Entrepreneurship and business innovation tends to be much more dynamic than managing established business operations. Through this academically rigorous and practically relevant program you prepare for a career as an entrepreneur or an entrepreneurial employee (intrapreneur) whom drives new value creation through business innovation. It equips you to start your first business, or to join a company as a change maker upon graduation. Obviously, you can also continue your education with a Master's program, both in Tilburg or elsewhere.
Mindset, Knowledge & Skills
To us, entrepreneurship and business innovation revolves about mindset, knowledge and skills. The program is designed to develop your competences. It requires you to be curious, critical and ready to be pushed outside your comfort zone. For example when reaching out to entrepreneurs and investors. This ensures you will also learn a lot while engaging with the entrepreneurship and business innovation in action.
This program caters to those that really want to get ready for entrepreneurship and business innovation. You may fit the program if your friends and family confirm that you have a genuine proclivity for enterprising behavior. You are different. You are a rebel, but also a team player. You are not afraid to be heard. You want to make a difference.
Program and courses
A clear focus on new value creation
The program blends courses that facilitate entrepreneurship and innovation with courses that help you explore, understand, and master the entrepreneurship and innovation. You will develop your academic skills (navigating the literature, writing and reporting) together with your professional skills (teamwork, pitching, creative problem solving).
International learning experience
Our Bachelor's program in Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation offers a unique international learning experience: fellow students from all over the world, an international teaching staff, a semester abroad, and courses with a global outlook.
Solid academic foundation
To provide you with a solid academic foundation, the program is designed to develop your ability to critically evaluate and use theories, and to conduct scientific research. This entrepreneurship program will sharpen your analytical skills, also when working on practical assignments. We have learned that this is essential preparation for making a successful start in your career. The curriculum is designed to complement an educational philosophy based on the stages: Awake, Develop and Accelerate.
Year One: Awaken
In the first year you will follow courses introducing Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, Marketing, Finance, Quantitative methods, Micro economics, Business modelling and Creative problem solving. You will also follow to two projects-based Entrepreneurship in Action courses; one that focuses on finding unmet needs, the other focuses on developing solutions that address unmet needs.
Year Two: Develop
In the second year you cover Law, Accounting, Leadership & Ethics, Innovation Management, and specific contexts for entrepreneurship: start- & scale-ups, existing businesses, and ventures with an aim to create social or environmental value.
Year Three: Accelerate
In the first semester you can study abroad at one of our many International partner universities. You could instead opt for a Minor program offered at Tilburg University. In the second semester you choose one of three specialization courses, an elective course and you conclude the program with a graduation project.
Typical courses are:
- Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Get acquainted with the basis principles of entrepreneurship
- Fundamentals of Business Innovation
Learn the basics of business innovation
- Business Models: Innovation & Experimentation
Develop your entrepreneurial spirit: learn how companies experiment and innovate
Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?
The Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation program is the only bachelor focusing on entrepreneurship and business innovation offered by a reputed research university in the Netherlands, and one of a few in Europe. Tilburg University is consistently ranked by THE and others as one of the best Dutch universities for business and management studies.
- You will acquire a strong academic foundation: in entrepreneurship, business innovation, mathematics, accounting, statistics, law, economics, ethics, finance, and marketing.
- You will develop into an change maker: get ready to start your own business or become the driving force of business innovation within an existing company.
- You will learn through reflection: how to best apply scientific insights and skills to play your role in doing good. Tilburg Alumni contribute to society and are (pro) active and ethical global citizens.
What to expect when coming to Tilburg
Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities
Develop yourself outside of curricular work by:
- Participating in international case competitions.
- Participating in events hosted by study and student organizations.
- Building a network of scale-up entrepreneurs & investors.
- Accepting a part-time job or a project assignments from a scale-up.
- Shaping the entrepreneurship culture at Tilburg University:
- Start-up your own business
- Organize workshops and master classes for other students.
- Joining a study association or student organization.
A great way to meet like-minded students and make friends.
- Participating in one of the University’s programs of excellence.
After your Bachelor's
Pursue a Master's degree
After finishing your Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, the world is your oyster. Some of you will have started a business or seek employment, while most will opt to pursue a Master's degree. For example, you could continue your personal and professional development through any of these Tilburg University programs:
A part of our graduates will start their own business as an entrepreneur. Others will become a driving force of change in an existing company or corporation, for example as innovation manager, business development manager, product developer or consultant.
Application and admission
Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.
- To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
- As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency.
- A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.
You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.
Tuition fees and monthly cost of living
When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.
- Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
- Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.
Estimated monthly costs of living
Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 715 and € 1,215 per month.
|(Furnished) accommodation||€ 350 - 750 per month|
|Foods & Drinks||€ 200 - 300 per month|
|Books & Readers||€ 65 per month|
|Insurance||€ 100 per month|
|Sport membership||+ € 139.95 per year|
"The international environment was the main factor I was looking at when choosing the university, because getting to know new people with different backgrounds allows me to learn the differences between cultures and grow personally. Moreover, connecting the theory with the practical projects during each semester, by establishing contact with real companies, was another reason that influenced my decision to pursue this program."
Throughout the year you have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Tilburg University and the programs that we offer. You can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.
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A creative thinker and doer?
Ready for entrepreneurship?
Willing to make a positive contribution to economic growth, society or the environment?
Then Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation is the program for you!