Netherlands, Amsterdam

New Venture Creation/Entrepreneurship

when 16 July 2016 - 30 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of our time. This course follows a sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with all the economic, social, and ecological aspects of new ventures. Much of the precise content is determined by the students themselves, who form a very diverse international group and are expected to come up with their own business ideas and contributions.

After morning lectures on topics such as the start-up process, the business model canvas, entrepreneurial competencies, and enterprising behaviour, in the afternoons and evenings students work on practical assignments with support from outside experts. The course ends with the presentation of your assignment report in a "Dragon's Den" setting.

Course leader

Prof. Enno Masurel, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship

Target group

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.

Course aim

You are familiar with the latest recent theories in new venture creation.
You are able to start your own enterprise in any national or regional context.

Credits info

Contact hours: 45

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €100 is available for students who apply before 1 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered, starting at €425 for two weeks.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 31 March. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the Summer School Website.