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), the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship reflects the university’s long tradition of research on entrepreneurship. With 4 full professors and over 25 researchers focusing on topics such as scale-ups, open innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, we provide practical insights in how entrepreneurship could be embedded better in your organisation to innovate faster.

Applying research to practice

Research domains

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading expertise centre on corporate entrepreneurship in Europe.  Our research is dedicated to provide insightful perspectives and actionable tools in order to achieve maximum results.


Why do some startups develop into scale-ups and others not? Which factors are indicative of successful fast-growing organisations and which barriers of expansion exist? Our team, under the supervision of Prof. Justin Jansen (Academic Director ECE and Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurhsip at Rotterdam School of Management), conducts research regarding the success-indicators of scale-up prosperity.

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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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Mapping your local ecosystem

How many companies are established in your municipality? Where are they located? How does the development of these companies look like? And how many jobs have these companies created?

We can provide you with a tailor-made report that answers all of your questions. For this we use the insights from our annual research into fast-growing companies, the ScaleUp Dashboard. Because we work together with CBS, we can obtain many specific insights at municipal level that help you understand and monitor your local ecosystem.


To be able to make any positive change in the startup and scale-up ecosystem of a city or municipality, you must first know the current status.


Identify the characteristics of this group of companies, the different sectors in which they are active and the dynamics in recent years. This research is needed to make proper decisions in terms of changing policies to attract and support companies.


The report shows the strengths and weaknesses of the region and identifies positive changes to encourage an entrepreneurial culture. Ecosystem research reports can also serve as a baseline to help decision makers set medium and long term policies.


Showing you the status of the ecosystem and the opportunities for improvement, you will be able to scout (potential) fast-growing companies and actively support them to make a positive change in your region.

Not a municipality, but interested in a tailor made report?

We also conduct scale-up research for accelerators, investors, coworking spaces or large corporations.

Our team


The Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship 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
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Interested to know more?

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

Get in touch with our Project Manager Education, Marleen Bax


Phone: +31 10 302 1331

Marleen Bax

Project Manager Education