Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme

Combine your studies with being an entrepreneur
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Entrepreneurship among students is on the rise and more and more ambitious student entrepreneurs are discovering that successfully combining their studies and running a business can be challenging. If you want to take on the challenge, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Erasmus University Rotterdam can offer you personal guidance and help you maximise your business alongside your studies.

What is the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme?

Similar to support programmes for students who are competitive athletes, the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme assist high-potential student entrepreneurs from Erasmus University in combining their studies with running their businesses.

In this programme, participants have a personal study advisor to address aligning study duties and business obligations such as meeting investors or customers. The programme allows participants to organise their studies more flexibly according to their business needs, e.g. in terms of time schedules and class participation. This combination of educational and entrepreneurial support can help produce successful alumni that are also strong entrepreneurs.

The programme provides student entrepreneurs with:

  • A personal study advisor;
  • Support in achieving your educational objectives, for example in flexibility with attendance requirements;
  • Access to a network full of student entrepreneurs;
  • Access to a network of investors, experienced entrepreneurs and experts.
  • Membership to the Erasmus Startup Studio, with access to a dedicated flex workspace;
  • Pre-eminence in the selection procedure for Erasmus Incubation Programme;

Former participants: Melvin & Jasper

Founders of Seepje

“As an entrepreneur, you of course have to put in serious commitment to ensure the success of your company. But as a student entrepreneur, you have to combine this with the pressure of passing exams. The privileges and flexibility you can get with the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme helped us manage running our startup successfully alongside our study.”

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Application Process

A strict admission process guarantees the quality of the participants. Once accepted into the programme, participants can enjoy various benefits. For example, doing an internship at their own startup! Your study advisor will be your permanent contact person for further study planning and specific questions.






Contact us for a first screening of your business. We will evaluate whether the stage and nature of your business is appropriate for this exclusive programme.

Contact a study advisor to explain the nature of your business, the stage it is in and the hours involved in relation to your study.

Receive an invitation to pitch your business plan at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Pitch your business in front of an acknowledged jury. Questions will be asked to see if extra support is needed.

Admission in the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme.

What former participants say

In 2012, we launched the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme in partnership with the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. As the first university where you can combine your studies with your own company, we’ve supported high-potential student entrepreneurs in successfully completing their studies and being a strong entrepreneur. Want to know how they experienced the programme, read the quotes of former participants below. 

“Are you having a hard time combining your studies and your business? The Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme helps you out!”

Steven Lammertink
Founder of The Cirqle

“TSEP provided a great way to efficiently organize my time spent studying and still get the most out of my study programs while also allowing me to focus more on developing Nestpick.”

Fabian Dudek
Founder of Nestpick

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“Settling in at the ECE Campus gave us structure and a professional environment to have meetings, enabling us to grow our business to the next level.”

Olivier Momma & Rick Scharnigg
Founders of Ekster Wallets

Contact a study advisor

The Talented Student Entrepreneurs Programme is recognized by Erasmus University Rotterdam faculties Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics. Do you want more information about the privileges and flexibility that you can get with the programme? Plan a meeting with your study advisor who can tell you more about the programme and possibilities to combine running your business with your studies.

Menno van der Hoorn (RSM)

Study Advisorvanderhoorn@rsm.nl

Jennifer Doest

Study Advisorstudieadviseur@ese.eur.nl