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The Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Ernst & Young signed a collaboration agreement on 7 November. The purpose of the agreement is to share knowledge and networks in order to stimulate entrepreneurship among students and starting entrepreneurs.

The Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Ernst & Young signed a collaboration agreement on 7 November. The purpose of the agreement is to share knowledge and networks in order to stimulate entrepreneurship among students and starting entrepreneurs.

ACE and Ernst & Young are joining forces to aid students and starting entrepreneurs, but also in a broader sense to promote entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. They will jointly organise various masterclasses, carry out research, and plan a major entrepreneurship-oriented event in 2013. ACE will also make a significant contribution to the Ernst & Young’s online knowledge platform on entrepreneurship: www.eyxchange.nl.

‘ACE works to promote a better climate for entrepreneurship in the Netherlands through research and education,’ says Mirjam van Praag, founder and scientific director of ACE. ‘ACE also brings together (international) academics, students, entrepreneurs, the business community and policy makers around the theme of entrepreneurship. Collaboration with Ernst & Young will ensure that both parties can exchange and share entrepreneurship-related knowledge and research.’

Frank Blenderman, a partner at Ernst & Young: ‘This collaboration focuses on students and starting entrepreneurs, but we also want to advance entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Our economy cannott function without successful entrepreneurs. That is why we need to share our combined expertise so we can inform, motivate and inspire entrepreneurs’.

The Amsterdam Centre for Entrepreneurship is a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences and Inholland, University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.