Combine your study with being an entrepreneur
“Are you having a hard time combining your studies and your business? StEEP 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.”
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!
Plan a discussion about the nature of your business, the stage it is in and the hours involved in relation to your study.
Is your business in the start phase and does it require so much effort and time that the study progress is at stake? Then you are invited to pitch you’re business idea at the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship (ECE).
Pitch your business idea for the study advisor and the Project Manager of the startup programmes of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. Questions need to be answered to see if they can help you.
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 problems or questions.