The Master Entrepreneurship offers you the opportunity to become more entrepreneurial. We do this by offering you practically relevant knowledge, and boosting your entrepreneurial skills, and attitude.
The UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) have combined their expertise to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. Professionals from both universities and their individual business networks have been selected to participate. So you will learn from the best of the best.
How do business ideas come to life? And how do you further develop, validate, and finance them? Inspiring lecturers will engage you in all aspects of bringing to life new business ideas. Helping you to create value for either an existing company or your own. And for society at large.
During the programme you take a thorough look at new ventures, as well as entrepreneurial activities within existing organisations (both start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate organisations).
In most courses inspiring guest speakers talk about their challenges in setting up or running a business. It's not uncommon that they are looking for talent. So go ahead and connect with them.
Also our own internationally recognised researchers introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. Providing you the up-to-date tools and skills to take with you in your first job or business.
During your Master’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. Learning through case studies, interactive online debates with your fellow students, and lecturers sharing videos on their YouTube-channels are just a few examples. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach. You can enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace.
Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods (e.g. online challenges, game-based learning), and traditional forms such as writing an academic paper or a (web)-lecture supported by PowerPoint slides. You can expect peer-feedback assignments, or video recordings with explanation.
Our Centre for Educational Innovation and Teaching and Learning Centre, and the VU Network for Teaching & Learning are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.
In general, education activities for all students are currently online. We organise several activities so you can meet your fellow students and feel at home at the university. It goes without saying that we cannot predict what the situation will be like when the new academic year starts in September 2021. In any case, if necessary, we are prepared to offer students interactive online education in a variety of formats, along with a wide range of social activities.
You will learn about developing, validating, and financing new ventures and activities. Also you will explore the managerial, collaborative and social aspects related to assessing and bringing to life new business ideas. All this theory comes to practice when you:
Professors in the programme have multidisciplinary backgrounds. This allows you to think critically from multiple perspectives.João Dutra
This course deals with different aspects of the entrepreneurial individual. Topics: Entrepreneurial Personality, Motives, Competencies, Cognitive biases, Learning and failure in the entrepreneurship process.
This course deals with the development of the entrepreneurial venture during its lifecycle. Topics: New venture creation, From startup to scale-up, Further development along the lifecycle of the firm.
In this course you will acquire knowledge and understanding of the methods and tools from Design Thinking and Lean Startup. By applying these methodologies and (digital) validation tools you will develop and validate an innovative business idea.
The winner is...
Students winning the Startup Project Pitch finals with their idea 'Eventpay': a mobile payment system for events and festivals. Learn also how to develop and validate price-winning ideas
This course provides an in-depth knowledge base of the financial issues involved in turning business opportunities into action.
During the Venture Challenge your team will solve a real-life entrepreneurial challenge for a startup, scale-up or (corporate) incubator. You will come up with recommendations and an implementation plan by conducting research in close collaboration/consultation with the venture.
Tailor the programme to your interests and choose 3 electives out of a wide selection of specialties.
Enthusiastic about a new development or idea? With your Master's thesis you have the chance to explore it fully. While simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant research.
Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It’s also possible to combine your thesis with an internship.