Higher Education

“A fundamental goal for entrepreneurial education is to essentially show that entrepreneurship is something that can be trained and developed amongst a range of different individuals. Contrary to earlier notions that singled it as pertaining to hero-like figures with unique sets of traits, research has increasingly emphasized that we can think of entrepreneurship as a constellation of skills and characteristics that, if well-trained and nurtured with the right set of experiences and learning opportunities, can help foster an entrepreneurial mindset in anyone”

(Cholakova, 2017)

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship defines entrepreneurship education as more than generating ideas and developing profitable business models and fast-growing startups. Entrepreneurial education is about developing entrepreneurial behaviour to provide today’s citizens with the mindset and tools to identify and deal with tomorrow’s challenges. 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 is initiated by Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics and 100% part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Internationally acclaimed academic knowledge

#1 Best and most research in the area of entrepreneurship worldwide
#1 Best rated master program on entrepreneurship worldwide (RSM)
#1 Largest research centre on entrepreneurship in Europe including +150 companies
#3 Best and most innovative in Business Administration (RSM)

Prof. dr. Jansen, Academic Director of ECE and professor Corporate Entrepreneurship:
– Top 200 Most Influential Scientific Minds
– Top 100 Leading Professors in the field of Entrepreneurship


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. The developed method ECE uses in all their education is based on             experiential learning.

Entrepreneurship courses

ECE develops and executes entrepreneurship courses on Bachelor, Master and MBA level. During these courses students learn numerous skills like developing an idea towards a business case, testing business ideas in the market and pitching them.

Ready to learn?

Train the trainer

Our goal is to make education more entrepreneurial. We do this by developing new education methods, programs and content and by our Train the Trainer program which helps educators to educate (non-business) courses on a more entrepreneurial way.

Ready for change?

Real life company cases

We add real life cases to our courses to enrich education. As the world is changing faster and faster new (practical) knowledge needs to be adapted continuously in education to teach our students state-of-the-art knowledge.

Ready to inspire?

Innovation challenges

We provide real life cases for example through Innovation Challenges. During these challenges a group of students, employees and / or customers will work on a real life challenge provided by a company. The challenge will take place in one or two days.

Ready to innovate?




The ECE team combines academic excellence with practical experience in courses. These courses are provided by among others the academics as listed below. To guarantee the sharing of practical experiences in our education programs we involve alumni of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and other entrepreneurs.

Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Academic Director

Dr. Ferdinand Jaspers

Programme Director

Prof.dr.ir. Vareska van de Vrande

Professor Collaborative Innovation & Business Venturing

Prof. dr. Tom Mom

Professor Strategic Growth & Implementation

Marleen Bax

Project Manager Educationm.bax@ece.nl

Curious to learn more about our education in the field of enterpreneurship?

Get in touch with Marleen Bax.

Email: m.bax@ece.nl

Phone: +31 10 302 1331