Leading Innovation Excellence Programme

Today’s organisations are increasingly focused on innovation and entrepreneurship for the purpose of their growth and renewal.

To this end, large numbers of employees are being trained in the application of numerous tools and techniques for the execution of innovation projects and for the stimulation of entrepreneurial behaviour. Additionally, an increasing number of internal innovation professionals is formally or informally taking up the role to support individuals and teams in the application of these tools and techniques. We call them ‘Innovation Drivers’.

“The whole programme was like a journey. Maybe a little like a discovery trip of Columbus who set out to find India; I set out to learn new insights and theoretical models and then even ended up in a restructuring of my department and derivations for my entire company that I can personally influence.”

Erik Wirsing

VP Global Innovation DB Schenker

Key benefits

Drive sustainable innovation excellence in your organisation

Improve your innovation skills with our Leading Innovation Executives programmes. We offer programmes in various innovation areas so you can tailor it to your personal and professional development needs. Follow multiple programmes or select the programme that most fit you and your organisation in the entrepreneurial journey.


Develop a systemic understanding of a organisation’s capability to innovate and grow


Advance your capabilities to improve and sustain your organisation’s capacity to innovate and grow


Make guided progress with a real-life challenge to improve the entrepreneurial capability of your organisation


Develop a peer network of innovation drivers

The urgency to innovate

Innovation drivers build and maintain the company’s entrepreneurship competence

In their quest to transform their organisations and drive innovation excellence, these innovation
professionals come to fulfill many different roles, thereby impacting People, Processes, and Values:

  • As an intrapreneur, do you develop and accelerate innovation programs?
  • Do you act as a coach, mentor or motivator of innovating individuals and teams?
  • Are you a builder of social networks in your firm?
  • Do you scout for best practices and possible partners outside of the organisation?
  • Do you help to break the barriers for innovation and serve as a sounding board to senior

All in all, innovation drivers are vital ambassadors and shapers of the firm’s entrepreneurial culture and strategy. Moreover, through their actions, expertise and social networks, they also have a strong influence on the development of the organisation’s mindset and capability for growth.

Programme design

Compose your own programme

Our open innovation programmes are designed so you can tailor it to your personal and professional development needs. Follow the full ‘Leading Innovation Excellence Programme’ or only select the programmes and projects that most fit you and your organisation in the entrepreneurial journey.

Three factors – Resources, Processes & Values – affect what an organisation can and cannot accomplish (Christensen & Raynor, 2003). With this is mind the programme is designed with a first general programme covering the essentials to drive systemic change and how the three factors affect organisational capability with an integral perspective. After the first programme, each of the following programmes dive deeper into one of the three factors and its implications for you to drive sustainable innovation excellence.

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Master your own career

Leading Innovation Excellence (for corporate or public organisations) focuses on the (systemic) essentials of the role of an Innovation Driver. It is also the first programme of the complete Leading Innovation Excellence Programme. For in-depth coverage of each of the essential components (Resources, Processes, Values), it is possible to follow any (or all) of the in-depth Programmes.

The Essentials

Leading Innovation Excellence - for Corporate Organisations

Improve and sustain innovation within your organisation.

Next 3-day programmes takes place on: 29-31 January, 2020

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Leading Innovation Excellence - For Public Organisations

Drive innovation excellence within your public organisation.

Next 3-day programmes takes place on: 29-31 January, 2020

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In-depth programmes

Developing Entrepreneurial People

Develop and nurture the human resources required for innovation excellence.

Next 3-day programmes takes place on: 20-22 January, 2020

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Developing Innovation Processes & Governance Systems

Develop and institutionalize a high-performing innovation system.

Next 3-day programmes takes place on: 9-11 March, 2020

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A blended learning programme

The Leading Innovation Excellence Programme is a unique combination of Change Management, Leadership, Innovation Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship tailored to the practices of innovation drivers. During the Programme you can expect a large variety of learning activities to enhance your learning experience on the essence of the discussed concepts:

  • Masterclasses from professors of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University;
  • Guest speakers from practice;
  • Insightful breakout sessions with peer learning;
  • Real-life case study from and with a seasoned innovation leader;
  • Lively plenary discussions;
  • A live session with a renowned professor from a top US university (tentative).

In this programme we bring “Innovation Drivers” from different public and corporate organisations together to get the most out of learning with and from each other. This learning is fueled by the latest hands-on insights from the world-class innovation and entrepreneurship research performed by professors from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and international partner universities.

Our team

Top academics and industry-leading practitioners as facilitators

In this programme Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship brings “Innovation Drivers” from different organisations together to get the most out of learning with and from each other. This learning is fueled by the latest hands-on insights from the world-class innovation and entrepreneurship research performed by professors from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and international partner universities. This programme is developed in collaboration with industry-leading innovation professionals from organisations such as DSM and ING.


Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Academic Director

Dr. Ferdinand Jaspers

Programme Director

Prof. dr. Tom Mom

Professor Strategic Growth & Implementation

And more

Our team consists of more than 25 academic trainers and researchers on entrepreneurship.

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“I found a surprising number of people with brilliant ideas and a very high level of coaches, investors and entrepreneurs: that made a huge difference. ”

Arjan Rensma, Innovation Excellence Manager at DSM

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“The Leading Innovation Excellence Programme gives participants the opportunity and tools to reflect on the innovation context of their organisations.”

Angelique Plugge, Innovation Driver at ING

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“What makes the programme unique is that it is not only made by academics, but there is also a great deal of involvement between the coaches and the participants - We make this programme together!”

Ad van Dongen, Innovation Driver at ING

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About Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

The leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe

Part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam

We leverage the knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago. With 25+ researchers and 4 full professors in entrepreneurship, it is in the DNA of our university. We provide participants with a diploma.

Academic excellence & practical experience 

We apply hands-on insights from world-class innovation and entrepreneurship research and practices from industry-leading innovation professionals. This combination results in the ability of participants to make impact in the organisation. 

Learning through reflection on doing

Experiential learning is at the core of all our programmes. Participants learn through working on their own and other participants’ cases from different organisations/sectors/countries in an interactive way.

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading entrepreneurship centre in Europe.

We provide a unique platform that ranges from scholarly insights about (corporate) entrepreneurship and new opportunities, startup campuses for ambitious entrepreneurs, to exciting executive programmes for leading innovation excellence within established organisations.

We developed a 10.000 m2 entrepreneurship campus, housing over 100 startups and scale-ups, creating the learning environment to teach, train and develop people to excel in innovation.

Erasmus University Rotterdam has the largest academic research group in Europe with over 25 researchers and 4 professors in the field of entrepreneurship.

Frequently asked questions

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Who can participate in this programme?

This programme is for (innovation) professionals who wish to improve and sustain the capacity of their organisations to innovate and grow; through its people, its processes and its values

How much time will I need to spend on this programme?

All the modules consist of 3 days in class. Next to these, there will be some preparatory work for each module, and optional webinars. Furthermore, the participants may opt to develop and execute their own Real-life Impact Project during the programme with coaching from top academics and industry-leading practitioners.

What is the maximum number of participants that can join the programme?

The limit amount of participants is 15 as we seek for a highly interactive learning environment. On average most modules will have 10 participants.

Where will the programme take place?

All in-class modules take place at environments that spark your innovation. The first module will take place at our home base: the ECE Campus in the Rotterdam Science Tower, the Netherlands. 

Address: Marconistraat 16, 3029 AK Rotterdam, the Netherlands

What is the fee for participating in this programme?

Full programme (certification mini-MBA):
€ 18,500 (excl. VAT) including four 3-day in-class modules, a dedicated academic and practitioner coach throughout your personal Real-life Impact Project, ECE Entrepreneurship Scan (in advance of the first module), preparatory webinars & quizzes, access to online learning management system, course book & materials, lunches, dinners, social activities. After successful completion of the full programme, you will be a certified Innovation Driver (certificate “Leading Innovation Excellence”).

Compose your own programme:

    Per module*:

€ 3,500 (excl. VAT) for a 3-day in-class module, course book**, ECE Corporate Entrepeneurship Scan**, access to online learning management system, course materials, lunches, dinners and social activities.

    Real-life Impact Project**:

€4,500 (excl. VAT) including a dedicated academic and practitioner coach throughout the duration of your project, final presentation day.

* Module 1 “The Essentials of Innovation” is the only mandatory module and must be completed before following any of the other modules.
** You’ll receive these in advance of the first module.
*** It is only possible to take on a Real-life Impact Project if you follow at least two modules (the first one is included).

The General Terms and Conditions ECE Study Programmes are applicable to this programme.

What kind of certification will I receive when I graduate from this programme?

After completion of a single module you will receive a proof of participation for that module.

Participants will receive a certificate from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Erasmus University Rotterdam, for completing the full programme successfully and comply with the certification requirements;

A participant must – within two years – successfully complete:

  • All four modules;
  • ECE Entrepreneurship Scan;
  • Personal Real-life Impact Project;
  • Case Exam;
  • A Personal Learning Plan;
  • A published Opinion Piece.

In what language will the Programmes be held?

All the Programmes will be facilitated in English. 

The only exception is the first Programme for Public Organisations, which will be facilitated in Dutch.

Get in touch

Interested to know more?

Curious to learn more about the Leading Innovation Excellence Programme and how we might be able to support your organisation in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship?

Get in touch with Annique de Greef.

Email: degreef@ece.nl

Phone: +31 10 302 1331

Annique de Greef

Operational Director