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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.

  • Startup Psychology
    Period 1
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
  • Cases in Entrepreneurship
    Period 2
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

You can apply for this minor between 30 April 2024 10:00 AM and 1 August 2024 01:00 PM (or earlier if the maximum number of participants for the minor has been reached). Selection for this minor is based on the first come first serve principle.

Please note that you can only be admitted to one minor at UvA Economics and Business at a time. However, you can apply for a maximum of two minors. A potential second choice will only be taken into consideration if you are not selected for the minor you applied for first.  

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 2024. Important: You need the timely enrolment and an active UvA-account, to access the application form, so you are advised to arrange this before 25 April.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Video pitch (see below);
  • Payment of €250,- admissions fee (see below) - after admission.

UvA students

  • Motivation letter;
  • Video pitch (see below);
  • Payment of €250,- admissions fee (see below) - after admission.

Assignment: Video pitch 

The video pitch will give you the opportunity to further elaborate why you would like to participate in the minor. Furthermore, this minor gives you a lot of independency thus we want to make sure that you are highly motivated.

     1. Create a 3-4 minute video highlighting your strengths and achievements. You should ideally go beyond simply filming yourself sitting behind a desk. See this as the first challenge of many you will have to address during the minor!

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Briefly present yourself, your academic and professional background (0.5-1min);
  • Explain what kind of entrepreneur you are: Entrepreneurship often involves working under uncertainty and making decisions with incomplete information. Can you tell us about a time when you had to make a difficult decision without having all the answers? How much self-drive do you have? You get a lot of independence in this course, how will you use your time to build your company with your co-founders? (1-1.5min);
  • Explain why you are motivated to join the minor: what will you do, how you will prepare before the program, how will you behave during the program, what do you add to the table, etc. (1-1.5min);

     2. Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo;

     3. Don't forget to add the URL to your application.

Please note that we value your privacy. The video will not be shared with third parties and will only be used to evaluate your application.

*To apply for the minor via the application form, you must log in with your UvA-net-ID. If you log in automatically with your 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 first semester will take place on the following dates:

  • 10 June until 17 June 13:00;

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 €250 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), 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 will receive more information about paying the admission fee via email.

More info and contact

For more general information about applying for and taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk ((make sure to choose an UvA Economics and Business programme to see the correct information).

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS, 5 months
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