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Summer school: EntrepreneurialU

Admission & participation info

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 recognize 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!

  • CuriousU 2017 testimonials- EntrepreneurialU- Ahmed- Pakistan

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 focuses 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 skill set 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.

In a nutshell, the following skills and knowledge will be highligted during this course: 

  • Formulate a business model that integrates marketing, finance, organizational strategy and customer orientation 
  • Understand funding options for a new venture 
  • Risk and rewards of managing entrepreneurial organizations
  • Use of social media to communicate with customers and other stakeholders
  • Experience with managing intercultural differences in a project team 
  • Learning how to both give and use critical feedback from stakeholders, team members and advisors 
  • Understand the growth of a company beyond start-up level

Course topics

  • Start-up team composition 
  • Value propositions as a foundation 
  • Intellectual property for start-ups 
  • Lean market research and analysis 
  • Business modeling 
  • Start-up & Scale-up visit and Q&A
  • Start-up finance 
  • Marketing 
  • Pitching and storytelling 
  • Creative ideation for innovation 

Course aims

After these days 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

COURSE schedule

NOTE: The CuriousU schedule is based on the CEST timezone. Next to the summer school course, you can enjoy our social programme built around the courses.

You will have the option to schedule 1-on-1 with Novel-T Business coach Peter Langela from the 9th of August. This coaching session can be scheduled at a time that suits you.

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Market Analysis
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Startup Finance & Business Modeling
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending.

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Business Modeling
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Is your Curious mind still eager to learn? Enjoy a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on your course.

Business Modeling Validation
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose: check our courses here.

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Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 07-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Team building & Motivation
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Market Analysis
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Boost your knowledge in a virtual class environment.

Online Farewell Ceremony
Time:13:30 - 15:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

This is it! This evening we close off CuriousU 2021 summer school, you receive your certificate and say good bye to your new international friends.

Goodbye!
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 14-08
Opening CuriousU
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

Value Proposition
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Doomsday
Time:10:00 - 12:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project 

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Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Pitch Training
Time:10:00 - 11:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Somebody once said: "Learn something new every day." This is your chance - join the morning session of one of our courses. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project.

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Onboarding & idea generation
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

Follow online or pre-recorded lecturers, engage in a project or just self-study. Let´s see what the course leaders prepared for you.

Course details

  • Date: 2 - 15 August, 2021
  • Format: Fully online
  • 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.