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Are you looking for something practical? Do you have a start-up or do you always have many business ideas? Or do you want to experience setting up a real start-up? This minor offers you the opportunity to set up a real start-up. You get professional coaching and gain important skills through practical workshops.

In addition, you gain theoretical knowledge on entrepreneurship. This programme started in 2007 and has already brought to life hundreds of start-ups. Check for an overview of current and former start-ups from this minor.

This is a great minor! Setting up my start-up, AcaBoo, is an interesting experience. The team is still fully dedicated and AcaBoo is making huge progress. The new skills and knowledge I gained during the minor are extremely useful in pursuing my entrepreneurial career. Mikel Palokaj, CEO at AcaBoo - minor 2017-2018


The minor Entrepreneurship contains 30 EC and has to be completed in 1 semester. Please note that starting a new business takes a lot of time and the minor Entrepreneurship is a full-time programme. You are advised NOT to choose this minor if you cannot fully commit to the programme.

  • Cases in Entrepreneurship
    Period 1
  • Startup Psychology
    Period 2
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
Find detailed course descriptions in the Course Catalogue (updated in June)

Entry requirements

  • When applying for the minor, it is necessary to have successfully completed your first year (60 EC) of a programme at a research university (WO) or a university of applied science (HBO).
  • No other prior knowledge is required.

Application and Admission

Important dates and selection process

The minor programme has reached its maximum capacity and the waiting list is also full. This means we are no longer accepting any further applications.

What do you need to apply?

Non UvA-students

  • Sign up as an elective student (bijvak student) for the Bachelor's programme in Business Administration in Studielink with a start date of 1 September 2023. Important: You need the timely enrolment and an active UvA-account, to access the application form, so you are advised to arrange this before 3 May.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Completed Lean Canvas assignment (see below).

UvA students

  • Motivation letter;
  • Completed Lean Canvas assignment (see below).

Assignment: develop a business idea in a Lean Canvas.

We want to challenge you to fill out a business idea in a Lean Canvas. It's to see to what extent you're able to come up with a consistent business idea (at least in theory). It's ok if your business idea is still at a very early stage and chances are relatively high that you will not use this idea during the minor at all. However, feel free to already start exploring whether this idea is worth pursuing.

The following videos will give an explanation about the Lean Canvas: Short explanationLonger explanation.

Use the free tool to create your Lean Canvas:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on My Projects
  3. Start your first project
  4. Fill out the Lean Canvas
  5. When you're done, click the three bullets on the right and export as pdf

Or use this pdf.

*To apply for the minor via the application form, you must log in with your UvAnetID. If you log in automatically with a personal account, it will not let you in. If this occurs, please make sure to open the minor application link in an incognito window.

After admission:

Register for courses

After being admitted to the minor, you need to register for the individual courses of the minor. The course registration period for the 1st semester will take place on the following dates:

  • 4 July 10:00 AM until 10 July 13:00 PM;
  • 21 August 10:00 AM until 28 August 13:00 PM.

All information about course registration will be included in the email you receive after you are admitted to the minor. All minor students have a guaranteed spot for a course.

Admission Fee

There is a €200 fee to participate in the minor Entrepreneurship. The money will be used for the different events, workshops (e.g. pitch training, trend discovery, business development, online lead generation), mentoring by industry experts, premium access to multiple online tools (e.g. Usability Hub, The BD school, TrendWatching, Pitching videos), snacks and drinks, and the rental of various locations for key events (e.g. the startup market and the demo day). Everything you need to kickstart your new business.

You can pay for the admissions fee, after you have received an email confirming your admission to the minor.

More info and contact

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS, 5 months
Language of instruction
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