The De Breed Kreiken Innovation Fund
The De Breed Kreiken Innovation Fund was set up in 2011 by De Breed & Partners (see photo below) in honour of their thirtieth anniversary. The Fund supports scientific and entrepreneurial top talent in the form of scholarships for (further) study abroad. By providing scholarships the De Breed Kreiken Innovation Fund strives to stimulate and strengthen innovation in the Netherlands by enabling outstanding students to acquire important knowledge related to technology and innovation abroad. To this end they provide the De Breed Kreiken Innovation Fund, which is awarded every year during the Young Technology Award ceremony.
Loek de Breed is director of De Breed & Partners. He is an alumnus (TBK Faculty '71) of the University of Twente. The Innovation Fund is partly named after the former UT professor Dr. Jan Kreiken. Professor Dr. Jan Kreiken (far right in the above photo) was professor of business administration from 1968 to 1986 and Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente from 1974 to 1976 .
Jan Kreiken (1925 – 2001)
Kreiken was a well-known business strategist, founder of management philosophy in Europe and co-founder of the Twente Business Administration study programme. He started out on his scientific and business career in South Africa during the Fifties. In 1968, he was appointed as business economics professor at the then Technical University College Twente. In 1970, Kreiken, at 45 years of age, was considered one of the very small group of leading Dutch business economists. This is even more remarkable since he was not bound to one of the economics faculties, however hard they tried to recruit him as a professor. Kreiken preferred to practice his field in a business administration university context. He was not only the co-founder of business administration at Twente but also the initiator of scientific recognition for the discipline in the Netherlands. Business administration in Europe owes him gratitude for establishing the European scientific management house: the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
Kreiken's character and work had a magnetic force. Great world citizens, which we would now call management gurus, paid regular visits to Kreiken's office on the fourth floor of the BB building (now 'Spiegel'). This circle of the great, to which Kreiken belonged for so long, provided the impetus for many educational and research activities in his faculty and his department. Referring to the Anglo-Saxon term 'managerial economics' his motto was: practice business economics in an administrative context. His oration in 1968 was also titled ‘Administrative Business Economics’. This speech renewed the business economics philosophy and will undoubtedly have contributed to his qualification as a leading business economist in the Netherlands.
The Voice of Innovation
The target group for the scholarship is the outstanding master student and young alumnus with an entrepreneurial attitude and the desire to study with a technical profile. Every year the public can vote for the student with the most appealing application. The student with the most votes wins the Innovation Fund Trophy and also a scholarship!
Friends of De Breed
Private individuals or businesses can become a 'Friend of De Breed' and support innovative top talent by making a donation to the De Breed Kreiken Innovation Fund. The minimum investment is €500. Every year Friends of De Breed are invited to a special Friends reception prior to the scholarships award ceremony during the Young Technology Award.