Courses

Summer school: EntrepreneurialU

In a global economy, people are increasingly being expected to take responsibility for and ownership of their own lives. Our modern society needs individuals who are able to recognize and seize opportunities. People who innovate, initiate and co-create. People who take action! Developing an entrepreneurial attitude and relevant skills is vital to prepare for life in tomorrow’s world. Not only for aspiring entrepreneurs, but for every single one of us!

Join this track, if you want to find out whether a career as an entrepreneur is for you. Or if you want to discover whether your business idea is viable. Or if you want to learn to think and act like an entrepreneur. With the help of workshops, coaches and experts, you can either build a coalition around your idea, or join a team that is working on something you are passionate about. If you are in search of that extra spark for your business idea, you can seek inspiration by joining one of the other summer school tracks for the first two days. At the end of the week, each team will pitch a working business concept to a panel of experts.Engage with fun-to-be-with people from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of interests.

Discover how to shape your dreams for the future on the CuriousU Entrepreneurship course! 

Course Topics

  • “Who is an entrepreneur?”
  • Setting up a Business
  • Pitches
  • Visiting a Company
  • Ideation Workshop
  • Idea selling Workshop
  • Product Design Workshop
  • Customer Discovery
  • Customer Validation

Course aim

After this week in the entrepreneurship track, you will be able to: 

  • evaluate a business opportunity
  • co-create a working business concept
  • add value to a high-performing team.
  • learn from failure and celebrate success
  • pitch a business idea

Course schedule

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CuriousU: EntrepreneurialU

Day
Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Perspectives on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship & social entrepreneurship
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Ed Brinksma
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 14-08

Prof.dr. H. (Ed) Brinksma, our former university dean, will kick-off the first inspiration speach @CuriousU!

Kick-off & Outline of the week
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 14-08
Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Venture Finance
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: J.E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Escape room & silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

During theis evening you can try to get out of an escape room. Next to this we will also have a silent disco. Do not forget to bring your headphones :)

Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Team formation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 15-08
Kennispark company tour
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

Pitching, giving and receiving Feedback
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi over breakfast.


She is a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in spatio-temporal analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.

Preparing for Customer Discovery and doing it
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 17-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Idea refinement
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 17-08
Finding Blue Oceans
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Selling
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Cristina Zaga
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Cristina Zaga over breakfast. She is a reasearcher in the research group Research Group Human Media Interaction.  Her  research revolves around child-robot cooperative (pro-social) interactions during collaborative games/tasks. 

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Take your Business off the Canvas
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lean Management Workshop
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 20-08
Pitch contest
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Llewelyn van Zyl
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Llewelyn van Zyl over breakfast. He is an industrial psychologist. He has a passion for online positive psychological interventions. Van Zyl is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2017 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can have a tour across all the labs on campus.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Kick off competition day
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

Check our courses.

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Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

The last day. Check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.

Course details

  • Methods: Interactive lectures, team projects, individual presentations
  • Course level: Intermediate/advanced
  • Target group: All students with an entrepreneurial spirit, including PhD students.
  • Required knowledge: Interest in valorization of scientific knowledge
  • Course leaders: Ir. J.G. (Joost) Brinkman and A. (Annemarie) Ridder
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school
Course coach Neil Sheridan about his personal EntrepreneurialU experience (video)

Neil Sheridan is President of SVPI, LLC, a Michigan advisory and management corporation active internationally.

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.