Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme

Combine your study with being an entrepreneur

“Are you having a hard time combining your studies and your business? TSEP helps you out!”
– Steven Lammertink, founder of Fray

Entrepreneurship among students is on the rise and more and more ambitious student entrepreneurs are discovering that successfully combining studies and running a business can prove 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 to maximise your business.

What is the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme?

Similar to support programmes for studens who are competitive athletes, the Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme assist high-potential student entrepreneurs from Erasmus University in combining their studies with establishing and 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 education and entrepreneurship will produce better alumni that are strong entrepreneurs.

The programme provides student entrepreneurs with:

  • A personal study advisor;
  • Support in achieving your educational objectives, for example in flexibility with attendace requirements;
  • Membership to the ECE community, with support through workshops and a dedicated workspace;
  • Pre-eminence in the selection procedures for ECE’s Startup Programmes;
  • Access to a network full of student entrepreneurs.

Former participants: Rick Scharnigg & Olivier Momma

IBA and EUC students, Founders of Ekster Wallets

“The best part of this programme is that you don’t have to explain yourself every time you cannot make it to class. I can imagine that universities do not really believe every student that claims to run a company and in most cases would assume the student is lazy or creating excuses.”

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!







Contact your study advisor (check out the overview of study advisors for you to contact).

Explain the nature of your business, the stage it is in and the hours involved in relation to your study.

After you talked to your study advisor, you will be invited to pitch your business plan at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Pitch your business fin front of an acknowledged jury. Questions need to be answered to see if extra support is needed.

Within a few days we will let you know if you will receive the Talented Student Entrepreneur status.

Your study advisor will be your permanent contact person for further study planning and specific questions.

Contact your study advisor

Menno van der Hoorn (RSM)

Study Advisorvanderhoorn@rsm.nl

Leonie van Winden (ESE)

Study Advisorstudyadviser@ese.eur.nl

Are you a student entrepreneur and looking for support to start your business?

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