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The study programme

Become more entrepreneurial and learn to bring innovation to life during the Master's Entrepreneurship. We do this by offering you practically relevant knowledge, and boosting your entrepreneurial skills, and attitude.

Joint programme

The UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) have combined their expertise to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. Professionals from both universities and their individual business networks have been selected to participate. So you will learn from the best of the best.

Solve real-life business cases

You will not become more entrepreneurial by only studying Entrepreneurship. Learn more about the Venture Challenge.

Become more entrepreneurial

How do business ideas come to life? And how do you further develop, validate, and finance them? Inspiring lecturers will engage you in all aspects of bringing to life new business ideas. Helping you to create value for either an existing company or your own. And for society at large.

During the programme you take a thorough look at new ventures, as well as entrepreneurial activities within existing organisations (both start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate organisations).

Connect with the business world

In most courses inspiring guest speakers talk about their challenges in setting up or running a business. It's not uncommon that they are looking for talent. So go ahead and connect with them.

Also our own internationally recognised researchers introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. Providing you the up-to-date tools and skills to take with you in your first job or business.

Multidisciplinary learning

You will learn about developing, validating, and financing new ventures and activities. Also you will explore the managerial, collaborative and social aspects related to assessing and bringing to life new business ideas. All this theory comes to practice when you: 

  • solve real-life challenges;
  • explore and validate your own business idea;
  • choose an internship and gain relevant experience.

The programme

  • The Entrepreneurial Individual

    This course deals with different aspects of the entrepreneurial individual. Topics: Entrepreneurial Personality, Motives, Competencies, Cognitive biases, Learning and failure in the entrepreneurship process.

  • The Entrepreneurial Venture

    This course deals with the development of the entrepreneurial venture during its lifecycle. Topics: New venture creation, From startup to scale-up, Further development along the lifecycle of the firm.

  • The Startup Project

    In this course you will acquire knowledge and understanding of the methods and tools from Design Thinking and Lean Startup. By applying these methodologies and (digital) validation tools you will develop and validate an innovative business idea.

    Some of the teams even continue with their business ideas. For example:

    • Veridis, they are developing a plastic analysis machine that revolutionises (recycled) plastic quality control by scaling up sample sizes with a factor 100.000. 
    • Binqy, a tool that helps organisations detect and prevent burnout symptoms by rewarding employees for reflecting on their wellbeing.
    • Farmstock, they offer investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects that generate both profit and impact.
  • Specialisation courses

    Tailor the programme to your interests and choose one out of these three specialisation courses:

    • Creative Entrepreneurship
    • Entrepreneurship in Science & Technology
    • Corporate Entrepreneurship
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Entrepreneurship

    This course provides an in-depth knowledge base of the issues related to scaling up internationally. You even have the opportunity to go abroad for a few weeks during this course, to work on a real-life challenge.

  • Venture Challenge

    During the Venture Challenge your team will solve a real-life entrepreneurial challenge for a startup, scale-up or (corporate) incubator. You will come up with recommendations and an implementation plan by conducting research in close collaboration/consultation with the venture.

  • Elective courses

    Tailor the programme to your interests and choose one of these electives. You can also do an internship instead.

    • Entrepreneurial Internship
    • Corporate Venturing
    • Managing Creativity
    • Behavioural Strategy
    • Cross Cultural Management
    • Enterprising Skills
    • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Thesis

    Enthusiastic about a new development or idea? With your Master's thesis you have the chance to explore it fully. While simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant research.

    Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It’s also possible to combine your thesis with an internship.

Iulia Maria Branescu, MSc Entrepreneurship Amsterdam Business School
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In the end you realise how much you have refined your skills and have grown as a person Iulia Maria Branescu Read Iulia's review

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Hybrid Learning Theatre

Online meets offline in our Hybrid Learning Theatre. The future-proof setting is the stage for dynamic interaction and inspirational education. Students watching the lecture online are projected on a large Zoom wall of 5x3 metres. Together with students who are physically present in the theatre and the lecturer there can be energetic interaction in the class room. In class the material is studied actively, for example by having debates, discussions and case assignments.

'Having students from different backgrounds makes you learn not only from the university but from your fellow students as well.''

Diane Vitriolo: 'Aside from Uva being one of the top schools in Europe, I also liked the fact that it has a lot of international students as diversity is important for me.'