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Twice as many entrepreneurs followed entrepreneurship education at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2018

18 December 2018

In the last quarter we held over 250 events, most of which focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. We find it amazing to see how we educate more and more students, young professionals, corporates and many others, here at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.


Creating worldwide impact

We started the quarter with multiple events which had the goal to motivate students to create impact. Together with Unilever, we ran the Unilever Business Challenge that was organized by ECE students and that focussed on ‘Save the Waves’. This internal initiative was about the reduction of plastic waste within and beyond Unilever’s product reach. The RSM Minor Entrepreneurship, focussed more on creating startups in a short duration of time this year. Students who won the pitch battle are pre-selected to join the ECE Get Started programme to further validate their startup ideas. Besides students, professionals from all over the world visited and joined our programmes to create more impact with their companies and organization using entrepreneurship. We thank our guests from Oman, Indonesia, Tunisia, South-Korea and China in particular for visiting us in this last year.


In December, the ‘Build your own app’ challenge was organized by RSM. Thanks to the inspiring presentation from Han van Nieuwaal (SMO) about innovation in health, many of the participants created health related apps.  During this challenge students worked for 24H on their own app, starting with an idea finishing with a working app. The participants were guided by ECE staff and learned from interacting with the startups in our community, like Ruben Wieman co-founder Flex-Appeal. The students presented their app at the end of the second day to the jury existing of professionals in the IT and app development sector.



Entrepreneurship education

During the Festival of Entrepreneurial Learning that took place on the 14th of November at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship educators, program developers and teachers from all over the Netherlands came together to exchange knowledge and best practices with regards to entrepreneurial education in the Netherlands. Facilitated by the Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship (DutchCE) this day was organized by educators for educators.

Also we kicked off with the first module ‘The Essentials of Corporate Entrepreneurship’ of our executive programme: how can you drive innovation in large organizations with participants from KNVB, ING, VodafoneZiggo and COOP Supermarkten. We ended the three days on a high note with concrete goals and steps to take for the participant to drive innovation excellence in their own organisation.

In the last weekend of November the Refugees Forward Start-Up Weekend took place. This weekend focussed on helping refugees in the Netherlands with the development of their startup ideas. The weekend was filled with workshops about pitching ideas, validating business and how to set up a startup. The participants also received coaching from successful entrepreneurs and corporates along with the assistance of students from the Erasmus University. It has been a fantastic experience to receive these entrepreneurs and help them with the development of their startups!


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Also the Health Innovation Challenge took place; experts from various companies address current issues in healthcare and work on concrete solutions. We want to congratulate Green Orange, Do Bots, Bingli and Arbi on their great work!

With the Christmas holidays in sight, we received over 100 health professionals in the Life, Science & Health Hub during the ‘Netwerk Ontbijt Zorg Innovatie’ (Health Innovation Breakfast Meeting). The focus of this breakfast was on ‘the virtual hospital’ and they talked about new business models and collaborations in healthcare.

We are looking back at an amazing entrepreneurial year and we’re looking forward to more inspirational projects in 2019!


About Events

All of our  events take place  in one of our meeting or event rooms. We have spaces with the capacity to host up to 200 visitors. Want to know more about the possibilities of hosting your event at the ECE Campus? Please check out our brand new event spaces and meeting rooms here.

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