Acknowledging the vitality for continuous growth, we drive innovation for corporate & entrepreneurial firms through research.

As an initiative of the research institution Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), ECE reflects the university’s long tradition of research on entrepreneurship. While it all started with prominent entrepreneurs establishing the university over 100 years ago to enhance education for entrepreneurs, today ECE builds upon this ambition with strategic goals to empower entrepreneurs through research.

ECE is the leading expertise centre on corporate entrepreneurship in Europe. With 4 full professors and over 25 researchers focusing on topics such as scale-ups, open innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, ECE provides practical insights in how entrepreneurship could be embedded better in your organisation to innovate faster.

At ECE, our research is dedicated to provide insightful perspectives and actionable tools in order to achieve maximum results.



Get familiar with our research on the crucial role of rapid-growing companies in the economy and discover scale-ups in your region or sector. The scale-up research domain is the expertise field of Justin Jansen, Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at RSM.

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Corporate-Startup Collaboration

Discover the success factors of the new business development efforts in which collaboration between corporations and startups play an important role. Vareska van der Vrande, Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing guides this research area.

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Strategic Growth

Familiarize with the proficiency of both creating and capturing value by continuously identifying and creating new opportunities for growth. The strategic growth domain is leaded by Tom Mom, professor of Strategic Growth and Implementation (RSM).

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The ECE team combines academic excellence with practical experience. We work with some of the leading researchers in their field who are able to translate the latest academic advances into tangible insights. Just as important, all our team members have extensive experience in working with and facilitating both large and small groups.

Prof.dr. Justin Jansen

Academic Director

Prof.dr. Roy Thurik

Academic Director Vareska van de Vrande

Professor Collaborative Innovation & Business Venturing

Prof. dr. Tom Mom

Professor Strategic Growth & Implementation

Annique de Greef

Director Education &

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

Get in touch with our Head of Research & Education, Annique de Greef.


Phone: +31 10 302 1331

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