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Call for papers: DARE seminar on ‟Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation”, Eindhoven May 19


19 May 2016, 13:00-18:00 hours (including network drinks), Eindhoven University of Technology

Call for papers:

In the academic literature as well as business practice, the entrepreneurship, innovation and design perspectives are increasingly interacting and complementing each other. In this DARE seminar, co-organized with the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group of TU/e, we invite papers and presentations about research in which these different perspectives feed on each other. For example, we welcome proposals addressing:

  • empirical studies of design knowledge used by entrepreneurs (e.g. bricolage, effectuation, improvisation);
  • how incubation systems and ecosystems for new business creation are designed and developed;
  • design (science) driven work on any other entrepreneurial phenomenon;
  • entrepreneurial processes and outcomes in the context of innovation and renewal efforts by OEM’s and SME’s;
  • how interactions and collaborations between entrepreneurs, firms and government agencies shape processes and outcomes related to entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • collaborative work between scholars and practitioners in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation and/or design.

This seminar aims to discuss, reflect on and further develop submitted papers. The program allows for a limited number of presentations; if you are interested in presenting your work, please submit a short abstract (max. 300 words) in a word-compatible format electronically to before April 22, 2016. Unpublished work and work in progress are welcomed.

Organizing committee: Sharon Dolmans, Isabelle Reymen, Nardo de Vries & Sjoerd Romme

We look forward to receiving your work and an inspiring DARE event!


Masterclass Family Business on Internationalization & Innovation: The Case of Weekamp Deuren B.V.

‘We schrijven al 30 jaar een spannend jongensboek.’ Zo opende Johan Weekamp op 14 december 2015 de masterclass over Innovatie en Internationalisering. Een volle klas met ruim 30 belangstellenden was te gast op het hoofdkantoor van Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart. De masterclass was de laatste in een reeks van vier die werd georganiseerd door het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven van Hogeschool Windesheim in samenwerking met BDO, Dommerholt Advocaten en de Rabobank.

Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart

Weekamp Deuren in Dedemsvaart

Na een inleiding door Lector Familiebedrijven en DARE-fellow Ilse Matser, leidde Johan Weekamp zijn publiek van ondernemers en onderzoekers door de geschiedenis van het bedrijf. Gezeten tussen voordeuren in allerlei stijlen die de wanden versieren, luisterden de aanwezigen aandachtig naar het verhaal over de twee broers die al op jonge leeftijd het bedrijfsdeel van hun vader overnamen en het bedrijf samen met hun oom wisten uit te bouwen tot een grote, internationale onderneming met vestigingen in Indonesië en Tsjechië. Wat aan bod kwam was het succes van de huidige, internationale bedrijfsvoering, maar ook wat daaraan voorafgegaan was: de strategische keuze om de productie volledig te outsourcen, de zoektocht naar geschikte locaties, de aanpassing aan andere culturen, wetten en werkwijzen, de tegenslagen veroorzaakt door acties van plaatselijke milities maar ook door bijvoorbeeld corruptie van lokale machthebbers. En midden in die ontwikkeling was er nog de economische crisis waar het bedrijf doorheen geloodst moest worden en waarvoor – onder meer- gesnoeid moest worden in het personeelsbestand. Het werd een internationaliseringsverhaal van ups en downs. Wél een succesverhaal waarvoor – zoveel werd de aanwezigen wel duidelijk – ambitie, lef en daadkracht nodig is, maar ook geduld, voorzichtigheid en gewoon veel gezond verstand, want ‘Hoe mooi die gouden bergen in het buitenland er ook uitzien, de praktijk is altijd anders.’

Voor meer informatie over het Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven, klik hier.

Albertha Wielsma, onderzoeker Landelijk Expertisecentrum Familiebedrijven

Launch of CRSE: a new international think tank on self-employment and its impact on the economy

A new think tank devoted to research on self-employment and freelancing was launched on 26 November with a memorable celebration at the iconic National Gallery London. The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is a pioneering venture and will be the leading think tank working to improve the understanding of self-employment and its impact on the economy.

Through collaboration with a network of academics from around the world, the CRSE will deliver robust and multidisciplinary research into this now significant sector. The CRSE’s work will provide the basis for international comparisons and, ultimately, create a more informed and innovative library of knowledge on this topic. Another key function of the CRSE is to inform debate over regulatory issues which affect the self-employed. So far, at least three prominent members of DARE were invited to be involved in this think tank.

The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment
To coincide with the launch, the CRSE has published its first book, ‘The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment’. The Handbook includes contributions from leading international academics who, over thirteen chapters, explore a diverse set of topics surrounding freelancing and self-employment. For those who are interested in further reading, the book can be downloaded from the CRSE website at

What’s to come…
The Handbook is the first step in developing an accessible single source for key research into this sector, and just the beginning of much more to come from the CRSE. In the coming months new publications into self-employment trends across Europe and the UK will be published in the CRSE Research Library. The library will also play host to a series of videos that showcase the research and expert perspectives of some of the leading minds in self-employment studies, which were filmed at the Global Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment held 26-27 November 2015 in London.

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is proud to support and be a catalyst in the development of the CRSE which is chaired by Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin.

Commenting on the launch, CRSE Chairman Prof. Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, Dublin, said: “The self-employed and freelancers are transforming business practices and career choice. Businesses are making greater use of freelancers to manage risk and drive growth through the adoption of more agile, flexible and innovative activities. We have come a long way from the situation in the last Century when freelancing was regarded as the domain of vulnerable workers. This new think tank brings together the world’s leading researchers in the field and engages them with industry in order to create a deeper knowledge of modern freelancing to better inform managers, entrepreneurs, public policy and those undertaking a freelance career.”

IPSE Chairman James Collings said: “In supporting the creation of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment, IPSE is striving to deepen our understanding of the people we represent. It is widely recognised that the self-employed have an important impact on modern economies, but they are a sector of the labour market that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. The CRSE will also play a key role in strengthening our ability to make evidence-based policy proposals to Government.“

DARE-fellow Erik Stam: State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands

DARE-Fellow Erik Stam gave a lecture on the State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands at the opening event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. If you look at the number of new firms and independent entrepreneurial activity in the Netherlands over the last decade, you can see a doubling of these numbers, elevating the Netherlands far beyond most of the European benchmark countries (including Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden). A miracle in itself, and one is tempted to say ‘the State of Entrepreneurship is Strong in the Netherlands’. However, there is some ambiguity if you delve more deeply into these numbers. The growth of entrepreneurship in the Netherlands is largely a growth of solo self-employed, and not of entrepreneurs with high growth ambitions. The devil is in the definition. The State of Entrepreneurship is Strong(er) in the Netherlands, but there is no reason to be satisfied: we can be a bit more ambitious. The State of Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands needs a second transition.

On November 23, public and private leaders and her Majesty the Queen Maxima gathered in The Hague to discuss the State of the SME sector (De Staat van het MKB) in the Netherlands. Here also the devil is in the definition: how do we define SMEs, and why do we think this is an important category in economy and society? Stam’s argument would be that entrepreneurship is the source of diversity in the economy, diversity that is a necessary element of economic progress. Much of this diversity finds its way into the economy via the ‘SME sector’: the generation, application and diffusion of new ideas. However, a substantial part of the SME sector is not involved in this game, and a lot of entrepreneurial action takes place within large enterprises (entrepreneurial employees) and in new coalitions of solopreneurs. So we need to go beyond the traditional focus on SMEs as the category of entrepreneurship, and both broaden and narrow our view on the State of Entrepreneurship.

New research report: The contributions of different types of entrepreneurs to various forms of value creation

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In this new report by Panteia the contribution of different types of entrepreneurs to economic and societal value creation in the Netherlands is investigated. The report uses theoretical literature about the different roles entrepreneurs play in economy and society, as well as empirical literature to establish the contributions of different types of entrepreneurs to different types of value creation. Finally, using various data sources, it is also investigated how the Netherlands perform on various types of entrepreneurship, relative to other highly developed economies.

To read more about the most prominent findings click here (in Dutch)

To download the full report click here (in English)

DARE update: lancering ‘De Staat van het MKB’, onder toeziend oog van Koningin Máxima

Hare Majesteit Koningin Máxima is maandagmiddag 23 november aanwezig bij de lancering van ‘De Staat van het MKB’ in de Malietoren in Den Haag. Met dit nieuwe onafhankelijke platform willen overheid, bedrijfsleven en kennisinstellingen de in Nederland beschikbare kennis over het midden- en kleinbedrijf verbeteren. Naast een platform is De Staat van het MKB ook een samenwerkingsverband.

Op 23 november worden een website en een overzichtspublicatie gepresenteerd. De Staat van het MKB is een initiatief van het Nederlands Comité voor Ondernemerschap en Financiering, in samenwerking met het ministerie van Economische Zaken, het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), MKB-Nederland en DARE, bestaande uit enkele hoogleraren die zich richten op ondernemerschap. Betere informatievoorziening over het MKB moet eveneens leiden tot een verbetering van beleid en dienstverlening gericht op het MKB.

Tijdens de lancering komen diverse ondernemers aan het woord en geven samenwerkingspartners hun visie op het MKB en het belang van goede informatie en kennis hierover. Hoofdeconoom van het CBS, Peter Hein van Mulligen, spreekt samen met directeur van het Big Data Expert Centre van Fontys Hogescholen, Erik van Tol, over  de toenemende kansen op het gebied van data in de beleidsvorming en dienstverlening aan het MKB.

Koningin Máxima is lid van het Nederlands Comité voor Ondernemerschap en Financiering. Dit comité is in 2011 opgericht als vervolg op de Raad voor Microfinanciering, waarvan Koningin Máxima van 2007 tot 2011 lid was. Zij zet zich in om het bereik van financieringsmogelijkheden te vergroten, zowel met coaching als met krediet voor potentiële en bestaande kleine ondernemers.

Meer informatie
Christien Stoker, ministerie van Economische zaken
06 – 55493860

DARE seminar on knowledge triangle between Education, Research and Entrepreneurship

Suppose that we needed to plea for more funding for entrepreneurship education, how would we pitch the (assumed) benefits of these endeavors for economic prosperity? In other words, what are the effects of our efforts to promote entrepreneurship through education programs? Key questions that were addressed during the 8th DARE research seminar in Utrecht, co-organized with Utrecht School of Economics and ECSB. Our main conclusion after a day of insightful research and fruitful discussions: we are gaining insights, but there is still much that we do not know and it is necessary to collaborate in entrepreneurship research and share information.

Erik Stam - Knowledge triangle in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Erik Stam – Knowledge triangle in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

To put the efforts of entrepreneurship education and a society’s entrepreneurial endeavors in a relevant context, Erik Stam (Utrecht University) introduced the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem approach. The interaction between education, research and entrepreneurship also known as the ‘knowledge triangle’, can help tackle jointly economic an social challenges. It was stressed that in order to have a productive knowledge triangle, that contributes to a  a society’s prosperity, we need to produce valuable knowledge, carried by innovations. Hence, it is important to know that the knowledge triangle will only be productive if it is embedded in a well functioning entrepreneurial ecosystem. Future challenges set out for entrepreneurship researchers are to unravel the effects of key elements in the ecosystems (e.g. culture, institutions, finance, leadership, networks) on the generation of entrepreneurial activity (e.g. student entrepreneurs, spin-offs, entrepreneurial employee activity).

One important insight of the day was that (self-)awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option could be affected by entrepreneurship education. An international research endeavor on student’s entrepreneurial intentions, specifically addresses this relationship as explained by Anne van Ewijk (Abu Dhabi University). So far, 41 universities have been approached of which 17 assured their participation. There is still opportunity to participate in the project (click here for more information). Also, research by Matthijs Hammer (Delft University of Technology/Saxion University of Applied Sciences) showed that the didactical design of some entrepreneurship education programs in the Netherlands score higher on the awareness phase of the entrepreneurial opportunity and development process, while other programs are more oriented towards venture creation. In contrast, two  Finnish programs assessed in the study were more balanced considering their orientation on  entrepreneurial phases.

How does human capital affect the allocation of entrepreneurial talent across independent and employee activity?

How does human capital affect the allocation of entrepreneurial talent across independent and employee activity?

In general, an individual educational attainment is an important breeding ground for entrepreneurial activity. It can positively affect the propensity to become an ambitious entrepreneur, not only in an independent position but also as an entrepreneurial employee (intrapreneurs). Werner Liebregts (Utrecht University) demonstrated how this effect is even stronger for the latter category, especially in countries with a high uncertainty avoidant population. Extending these outcomes, Sharon Dolmans (Eindhoven University of Technology) showed a positive impact of entrepreneurship educational programs (Jong Ondernemen) on employment activities and employability. By means of a field experiment with control group design, the study found support of: a higher likelihood of employment, a shorter time to the first job, a higher likelihood of managing positions, and more time spent on leading new initiatives.

Finally, an important new insight that the seminar yielded was presented by André van Stel (Kozminski University). He stressed that family firm succession is becoming more and more problematic as the intentions of students to take over their parents’ business are low (approximately 5% across the world). Better employment options, starting an own business and negative experiences in the family firm may interfere. Taking that into account it was found that this succession interest can be raised by: involvement of children in their parents’ business operations during their university studies, and with dedicated university programs promoting the interest of current students in their parents’ business operations.


Expert panel - What do we know and what do we still need to know about the effects of entrepreneurship education?

Expert panel – What do we know and what do we still need to know about the effects of entrepreneurship education?

A general conclusion of the day was that entrepreneurship education may be beneficial for both students and the wider society, even if not all students end up running their own businesses.  The various presentations showed that in modern economies, the availability of entrepreneurial emloyees becomes more and more important for business success.  Moreover, students following entrepreneurship education are more likely to find a managing position, either in a corporate firm or in a family business.  Hence, entrepreneurship education enables the emergence of successful new businesses not only by delivering new independent entrepreneurs but also by delivering entrepreneurial employees that the independent entrepreneurs need to make their business a success.

Presentations of the symposium can be downloaded here (the link expires after 24 November, after that available upon request at

The next DARE-event is due in Spring 2016. If you have any suggestions or would like to co-organize a DARE seminar please contact our Secretary (Nardo de Vries:


Innovate Faster! Join the How To Get There summit and Get In The Ring

How to Get There Summit (

Join innovation leaders and meet 200+ promising Dutch startups during the How To Get There Summit on 19 November in the Rotterdam Science Tower organized by the Erasmus Centre For Entrepreneurship (ECE). With this summit, StartupDelta aims to bring the worlds of corporate innovators, startups and innovation hubs closer in order to innovate faster together.

Among our experts and speakers are Harold Goddijn (CEO TomTom), Daan Roosegaarde (Inventor/Entrepreneur), Neelie Kroes (StartupDelta), Stephen Gold (CMO IBM Watson Group), Prof. Michael Shanks (Stanford), Henk Kamp (Minister of Economics Affairs), Ben Verwaayen (former CEO British Telecom) and many more. Check out


Dutch Finals Get in the Ring (

We’re closing off the day with the Dutch Finals of Get in the Ring, the world’s greatest startup competition. Do you want to know which startups will be crowned the Dutch champions of Get in the Ring 2015 and will represent the Netherlands at the European final in London? Come and see the show! Get your ticket at Are you a startup? You can still apply! Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th of November in the Rotterdam Science Tower!

Call for participation in international research project: inspiration and self-awareness in entrepreneurship education

The hypothesis that participation in an entrepreneurship course actually leads to higher ánd lower scores on entrepreneurial intentions via self-awareness (and that this is a positive thing), is a new approach. The study is also innovative in its focus on inspiration and its use of a multi-item construct from the area of psychology to measure this. Furthermore, it is the first to explore which specific course aspects (content or form) are related to inspiration and self-awareness. Finally, it is the first international comparison of the specific content of entrepreneurship courses with a pre-post design to be executed on this scale. In this sense it is different than, for example, the GUESSS project, which is a one-time measurement of entrepreneurial intentions and contextual factors among a broad population of students.

Joining this research project will result in knowledge development (you will be the first to have access to the results), more visibility and extended international networking, and possibly very specific ideas for curriculum innovation. So far, six institutions (from Canada, Finland, Norway and the United Arab Emirates) have already expressed their interest and sixteen more institutions from countries all over the world have very recently been approached.

Can you provide us with students to participate in our international research project on the impact of entrepreneurship education on students’ entrepreneurial intentions via self-awareness and inspiration?

We are looking for students who follow a course specifically dedicated to entrepreneurship (elective or obligatory, not necessarily part of a program in entrepreneurship). We also need an equally sized control group of students with a similar profile that do not follow this course. The course should last between 6 weeks and 6 months (minimum: 3 US credits or 5 ECTS). The measurements (1 in the first week of classes, 1 before the final grades are published) can be anywhere between November 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

Please let us know if you are interested,


Kind regards,

Dr. Anne van Ewijk (Abu Dhabi University, UAE) & Dr. Wiebke Weber (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)



Entrepreneurial ecosystems: basis voor duurzame groei?

Tweedaagse Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy, Utrecht, 25-26 augustus 2015

Ondernemerschap, vastgoed, financiers, arbeidsmarkt: vaak zijn het losse onderdelen in economisch beleid. In een ecosysteembenadering zijn die onderdelen juist op elkaar afgestemd. De ecosysteembenadering wint terrein maar roept ook vragen op. Die worden geadresseerd op 25-26 augustus 2015 tijdens de eerste Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy. De Academy vindt plaats in Utrecht, bij het Utrecht Center of Entrepreneurship.


Er is door regio’s en steden de afgelopen jaren veel geïnvesteerd in campussen, opleidingen en in startups. Maar hoe kan duurzame welvaart in gemeenten en regio’s worden ontwikkeld? Universiteiten, hbo, mbo en ondernemers spelen een cruciale rol in de kenniseconomie van morgen, ingebed in een bredere context van financiers, intermediaire diensten, de netwerken die deze spelers verbinden en de randvoorwaarden die dit mogelijk maken. Deze bredere context wordt samengevat in de Entrepreneurial Ecosystem benadering waarin de elementen van een (stads)regio die cruciaal zijn voor het floreren van ondernemerschap en werkgelegenheid worden benoemd, inclusief hun interactie, en uiteindelijk ook de effecten hiervan op de vitaliteit van de (stads)regio.


In de Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy komt een groot aantal vragen aan de orde. Hoe ontstaan Entrepreneurial Ecosystems en hoe houd je ze gezond? Hoe zorg je ervoor dat de ‘leaders’ van deze ecosystemen het voortouw nemen, en hoe kunnen de ‘feeders’ zorgen voor optimale randvoorwaarden en interactie? Het Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship en Birch Consultants hebben samen een Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy ontwikkeld die antwoord geeft op deze vragen, vanuit zowel de wetenschap als de praktijk. In deze Academy worden colleges over de Entrepreneurial Ecosystem benadering gecombineerd met concrete vraagstukken en handvatten. Er worden diverse casussen uit binnen- en buitenland bediscussieerd, en deelnemers kunnen ook voor de eigen (stads)regio van de deelnemers analyses en handvatten mee naar huis nemen. De Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy richt zich op beleidsmakers en –uitvoerders van regio’s en gemeenten, en andere stakeholders van Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.

Voor wie?

De Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Academy is o.a. bedoeld voor (senior) beleidsadviseurs EZ, strategisch adviseurs van overheden en onderwijsinstellingen, programmamanagers van clusterorganisaties en incubators, managers van investeringsfondsen en kredietverleners.

Door wie?

Het Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship van de Universiteit Utrecht samen met Birch Consultants verzorgt de Academy, met steun van de Economic Board Utrecht.

Klik hier voor aanmelding.
Meer informatie?
Erik Stam, via of via 030-2537894
Organisatiecomité: Monique Roso, Erik Stam, Jan Peter van den Toren
Prijs: €450 (inclusief koffie/thee, lunches, diner, leermaterialen), €150 voor deelnemers onderzoeksconsortium
Programma (voorlopig):

Dinsdag 25 augustus

9.00-9.30:  Inloop, koffie/thee

9.30-10.30:  Introductie

10.30-12.30:  Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: fundamentals (Erik Stam – Universiteit Utrecht)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30  Nationaal beleid voor ondernemerschap en lokale implicaties (Pieter Waasdorp – Ministerie van Economische Zaken)

13.30-14.30  Casus 1: Cambridge (Erik Stam)

14.30-17.30 Casus 2 + Tour Utrecht (Monique Roso)

18.00-21.00 Discussie Utrechtse Casus + diner

Woensdag 26 augustus

09.30-12.00 Workshop “Evalueer je lokale Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: waar liggen kansen voor versterking” (Birch Consultants)

12.00-13.00 Interactieve lezing + panel

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00  Bijeenkomst met deelnemers aan het Onderzoeksconsortium -verdienvermogen en veerkracht door krachtige Entrepreneurial Ecosystems” (op uitnodiging)

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