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Summer school: EntrepreneurialU

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

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The University of Twente has over 35 years of experience in entrepreneurship and has been elected most entrepreneurial university of the Netherlands for four times in a row. The EntrepreneurialU course is presented to you by Novel-T, the business unit of the University of Twente, that helped create businesses such as Booking.com, Lipocoat and Code Sandbox. 

This summer course provides you with all the relevant skills that are vital to become an entrepreneur in the world of tomorrow. Moreover, it focusses on applying this knowledge in practice and simultaneously lets you gain hands-on experience from real start-ups and scale-ups through inspiring talks and Q&A sessions. Whether you want to discover the viability of your business idea, want to experience what it is like to be an entrepreneur, or want to learn the skillset to think and act like an entrepreneur, this summer course is for you! With the help of workshops and our experienced 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.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Creative ideation for innovation 
  • Team composition
  • Business models and value propositions
  • Successful start-up and scale-up Q&A
  • Lean market analysis
  • Start-up finance
  • Marketing
  • Pitching

Course aims

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

  • Identify and evaluate business opportunities
  • Co-create an innovative, impactful and scalable business concept
  • Add value to a high-performing team
  • Learn from failure and celebrate success
  • Gain experience from successful start-ups, scale-ups and spin-offs
  • Confidently pitch a business idea

    Festival schedule

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

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

    Dinner
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Fri. 16-08

    Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

    Networks and Networking
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Fri. 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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    Music Night
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Fri. 16-08

    Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

    Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Fri. 16-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

    Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Fri. 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. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Enjoy our VR Parachuting activity too!

    Unleash your voice
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Fri. 16-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Quiz Night
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Sat. 17-08

    We will host a cool pubquiz.

    Breakfast
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Sat. 17-08

    Breakfast served!

    Free day
    Time:09:30 - 20:00
    Day:Sat. 17-08

    This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

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

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

    Movie night
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Sun. 18-08

    We'll watch a cool movie together!

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

    Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

    Your Company Pitch
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Sun. 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.

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    Own the stage!
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Sun. 18-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Sun. 18-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

    Lunch: Dutch Olympic games & Graffiti Workshop
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Sun. 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.

    Free
    Time:17:00 - 18:00
    Day:Mon. 12-08

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

    Escape Rooms
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

    Breakfast & keynote: Miriam Iliohan & Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

    Meet & Greet/ Big Bang Disruption
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    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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    Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    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. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

    Dinner
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

    Customers Gains & Pains
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Mon. 12-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Free
    Time:17:00 - 18:00
    Day:Mon. 19-08

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

    Your "Dragons Den" interview
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    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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    Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

    The Grand Pitch Finale
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    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. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

    Dinner
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

    Farewell Ceremony
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Mon. 19-08

    This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

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

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

    Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Wed. 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. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine.  

    Company visits at Kennispark
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Wed. 14-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Beach Volleyball Tournament
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Wed. 14-08

    Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

    Marketing 4all
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Wed. 14-08

    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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    Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Wed. 14-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

    Dinner ΒΒQ
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Wed. 14-08

    We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

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

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

    Dinner City Centre
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Th. 15-08

    We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

    Breakfast & keynote: Geke Ludden
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Th. 15-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

    Lunch: Playland
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Th. 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.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

    City Centre Summer Sounds
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Th. 15-08

    Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

    Moneywise
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Th. 15-08

    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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    Getting things done!
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Th. 15-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

    Breakfast
    Time:08:15 - 09:00
    Day:Tu. 20-08

    Have a breakfast first.

    CuriousU Participants Departure
    Time:09:00 - 10:00
    Day:Tu. 20-08

    The last day: please 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 (online refund).

    Jogging & sightseeing campus
    Time:15:00 - 21:00
    Day:Sun. 11-08

    Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

    Meet-up and pizza
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Sun. 11-08

    Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

    Arrival day: check in
    Time:10:00 - 18:00
    Day:Sun. 11-08

    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 

    Free
    Time:17:00 - 18:00
    Day:Tu. 13-08

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

    Game Night
    Time:20:00 - 23:00
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

    Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
    Time:12:30 - 14:00
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    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. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know UT student teams.

    Getting things done!
    Time:14:00 - 17:00
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

    Teams & Coaching
    Time:09:30 - 12:30
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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    Dinner
    Time:18:00 - 20:00
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    We serve you a fantastic dinner!

    Breakfast & keynote: Peter-Paul Verbeek
    Time:08:15 - 09:30
    Day:Tu. 13-08

    Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

    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
    • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

    Course leader

    E.M. Verkouter (Mike)
    Supporting Staff
    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.