Entrepreneurship at Tilburg University

Tilburg University has already inspired many students and entrepreneurs, one of whom is former student Ruud Schippers, founder of JAMwerkt.nl. You can find out more about him in this video. Are you going to be the next person who gets inspired?

Minor Entrepreneurship

The Minor in Entrepreneurship helps you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, plus the associated knowledge and skills. It prepares you to either start-up your own business or bring entrepreneurial thinking to established companies. As proof of your knowledge and skills, you will receive an 'Entrepreneurship' certificate from the Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship after successful completion of the minor.

Why this minor?

This minor combines stimulating, inspiring lectures and case studies with online and offline skills training sessions. You gain a sound understanding of key concepts in entrepreneurship theory, conduct practical assignments and train your entrepreneurial skills. The knowledge, skills and certificate help set you apart in your future career.

What and for whom?

The Minor in Entrepreneurship consists of three courses, and in addition offers web-based and practical skills training, and represents 18 ECTS. It is open to all Tilburg University students and takes place in the first semester of the third Bachelor year. The Minor is offered in English.

Courses

Introduction to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Being entrepreneurial within a company, that’s what this course is about. Large companies tend to focus on running their existing business, become less innovative and inflexible. They can lose sight of the need to innovate, adapt and be entrepreneurial. This course helps you to understand the role and importance of an entrepreneurial mindset in larger corporations. Read more in OSIRIS.

Creative Entrepreneurship

In this course, you will study entrepreneurship in the context of those industries where creativity is a key element in their value proposition to the public, such as the gaming, film or design industries: from Spotify to food trucks, and from Damien Hirst to El Bulli. Literature, case studies, a challenging assignment and workshops are all used to highlight the various aspects of creative entrepreneurship. You will discuss the opportunities and risks from globalization and the development of the internet and how these changes can lead to new business models and new types of business. Read more in OSIRIS.

Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice

You create your own business idea, and develop a business plan. This is then the basis for you to study the most important elements in starting a business. How do you write a business plan and which business model fits your idea? How do you arrange financing and attract investors? How do you find the right customers and learn from them? How do you develop a good network and how do you compose the best startup team? These are just a few of the topics covered. After developing your own business plan, you evaluate and validate it before finally pitching it to potential investors. Read more in OSIRIS.

Train your skills

You will not just dive into theory. You will also learn to apply your knowledge and develop your practical skills! The Minor courses contain entrepreneurial workshops on capabilities that every entrepreneur needs to have:

  • Generating new business ideas and identifying opportunities in the Ideation & Design Thinking Workshop
  • Develop and test business ideas with the Business Model Canvas in the Lean & Business Model Canvas Workshop Sell your business idea with a convincing pitch in the Entrepreneurial Pitch Workshop