About ECE

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by our belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, we strive to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people. We don’t create companies, we create entrepreneurs through the knowledge and network of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago.

ECE offers actionable executive training and development on entrepreneurship both to strategic board level and to innovation teams. We apply an integral perspective on corporate entrepreneurship because we fully understand the complexity of building and sustaining an entrepreneurship competence to create new business. This integral approach is the USP of ECE.

With our team consisting of highly-motivated staff, 4 full professors and 25+ academic trainers and researchers on entrepreneurship, – varying from strategic leadership, ambidexterity, entrepreneurial finance, (open) innovation management, entrepreneurship economics and corporate venturing – we offer our clients insight into their corporate entrepreneurship capabilities through scans and monitoring the effectiveness of innovation programmes. ECE develops and executes entrepreneurship courses on Bachelor, Master and MBA level for multiple universities throughout the Netherlands and thereby awakens entrepreneurial talent at 10.000 students every year.

These training and development programmes often take place at our learning environment, the ECE Campus. Situated in the Rotterdam Science Tower at the heart of the Rotterdam Innovation District, our ECE Campus consists of more than 10,000 m2 is the home base for our community consisting of 100+ innovative companies, and for countless events attracting over 20.000 visitors every year. Through the ECE Campus, we have a clear picture of the start and growth factors of companies; we monitor and research fast growing companies, scale-ups, and present the results in the annual Scale-up Dashboard. Every year 100+ entrepreneurs start their company in our Get Started programme resulting in an alumni base of 300+ people. At the current 7 floors (and counting) of the ECE Campus we host initiatives as the PortXL accelerator (Port of Rotterdam), Life Sciences & Health hub (ErasmusMC), and Startup Floor (Get in the Ring), thereby facilitating cross-over learning within these sectors.

ECE is initiated by Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics and 100% part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Timeline of ECE

"100 years of history"

  • 1913

    Netherlands School of Commerce (predecessor EUR) was founded

  • 1975

    First full professor on entrepreneurship appointed at EUR

  • 1999

    One of the first incubators opened in Rotterdam: Area010

  • 2012

    StEEP, a special talent programme for student-entrepreneurs initiated at EUR

  • 2013

    ECE was officially launched by Frits Goldschmeding and Pauline van der Meer Mohr

  • 2014

    The ECE Campus was opened by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

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