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Entrepreneurship
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The study programme

The Master Entrepreneurship offers you the opportunity to become more entrepreneurial. We do this by offering you practically relevant knowledge, and boosting your entrepreneurial skills, and attitude.

Joint programme

The UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) have combined their expertise to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. Professionals from both universities and their individual business networks have been selected to participate. So you will learn from the best of the best.

Solve real-life business cases

You will not become more entrepreneurial by only studying Entrepreneurship. Learn more about the Venture Challenge.

Become more entrepreneurial

How do business ideas come to life? And how do you further develop, validate, and finance them? Inspiring lecturers will engage you in all aspects of bringing to life new business ideas. Helping you to create value for either an existing company or your own. And for society at large.

During the programme you take a thorough look at new ventures, as well as entrepreneurial activities within existing organisations (both start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate organisations).

Connect with the business world

In most courses inspiring guest speakers talk about their challenges in setting up or running a business. It's not uncommon that they are looking for talent. So go ahead and connect with them.

Also our own internationally recognised researchers introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. Providing you the up-to-date tools and skills to take with you in your first job or business.

Multidisciplinary learning

You will learn about developing, validating, and financing new ventures and activities. Also you will explore the managerial, collaborative and social aspects related to assessing and bringing to life new business ideas. All this theory comes to practice when you: 

  • solve real-life challenges;
  • explore and validate your own business idea;
  • choose an internship and gain relevant experience.

The programme

  • The Entrepreneurial Individual

    This course deals with different aspects of the entrepreneurial individual. Topics: Entrepreneurial Personality, Motives, Competencies, Cognitive biases, Learning and failure in the entrepreneurship process.

  • The Entrepreneurial Venture

    This course deals with the development of the entrepreneurial venture during its lifecycle. Topics: New venture creation, From startup to scale-up, Further development along the lifecycle of the firm.

  • The Startup Project

    In this course you will acquire knowledge and understanding of the methods and tools from Design Thinking and Lean Startup. By applying these methodologies and (digital) validation tools you will develop and validate an innovative business idea.

    Some of the teams even continue with their business ideas. For example: Fluke, they offer a weekly selection of curated activities. Or Farmstock, they offer investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects that generate both profit as well as impact.

  • International Entrepreneurship

    This course provides an in-depth knowledge base of the issues related to scaling up internationally. You even have the opportunity to go abroad for a few weeks during this course, to work on a real-life challenge.

  • Venture Challenge

    During the Venture Challenge your team will solve a real-life entrepreneurial challenge for a startup, scale-up or (corporate) incubator. You will come up with recommendations and an implementation plan by conducting research in close collaboration/consultation with the venture.

  • Specialisation courses

    Tailor the programme to your interests and choose 3 electives out of a wide selection of specialties.

    • Creative Entrepreneurship
    • Entrepreneurship in Science & Technology
    • Corporate Entrepreneurship
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Elective courses
    • Entrepreneurial Internship
    • Corporate Venturing
    • Managing Creativity
    • Behavioural Strategy
    • Cross Cultural Management
    • Enterprising Skills
  • Thesis

    Enthusiastic about a new development or idea? With your Master's thesis you have the chance to explore it fully. While simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant research.

    Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It’s also possible to combine your thesis with an internship.

Gioia Lelli, MSc Entrepreneurship Amsterdam Business School
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If you're thinking about starting your own business, I believe your Master’s is the time to do so. Alumna Gioia Lelli Read about Gioia's experiences with this Master's

Add extra value to your studies

  • Student associations

    Amsterdam has a thriving student community with many activities organised outside of the university’s grounds. You will find student associations focusing on networking, specific interests and sports. It is only at sororities and fraternities that you can expect an initiation ritual (hazing).

  • Student participation

    At university, you are entitled to make your voice heard and assess the quality of your own education. Students can participate in the discussion on the university's education policy in various ways, such as by joining the Programme Committee, the Faculty Student Council or the first-year focus group. You can also stand for election and dedicate your efforts to the programme and your fellow students.

Hybrid Learning Theatre

Online meets offline in our Hybrid Learning Theatre. The future-proof setting is the stage for dynamic interaction and inspirational education. Students watching the lecture online are projected on a large Zoom wall of 5x3 metres. Together with students who are physically present in the theatre and the lecturer there can be energetic interaction in the class room. In class the material is studied actively, for example by having debates, discussions and case assignments.

Interactive Online Learning at UvA Economics and Business and the VU

During your Master’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. Learning through case studies, interactive online debates with your fellow students, and lecturers sharing videos on their YouTube-channels are just a few examples. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach. You can enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace.

Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods (e.g. online challenges, game-based learning), and traditional forms such as writing an academic paper or a (web)-lecture supported by PowerPoint slides. You can expect peer-feedback assignments, or video recordings with explanation.

Our Centre for Educational Innovation and Teaching and Learning Centre, and the VU Network for Teaching & Learning are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.

'It is an in-depth journey into the entrepreneurial experience'

João Dutra: 'This MSc expanded my perception of what it is to be an entrepreneur. Professors in the programme have multidisciplinary backgrounds in psychology, sociology, economics, and business, which allow students to think critically from multiple perspectives.'