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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)


Just published: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Regional Policy: A Sympathetic Critique

Erik Stam
Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht, The Netherlands

ABSTRACT Regional policies for entrepreneurship are currently going through a transition from increasing the quantity of entrepreneurship to increasing the quality of entrepreneurship. The next step will be the transition from entrepreneurship policy towards policy for an entrepreneurial economy. The entrepreneurial ecosystem approach has been heralded as a new framework accommodating these transitions. This approach starts with the entrepreneurial actor, but emphasizes the context of productive entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is not only the output of the system, entrepreneurs are important players themselves in creating the ecosystem and keeping it healthy. This research briefing reviews the entrepreneurial ecosystem literature and its shortcomings, and provides a novel synthesis. The entrepreneurial ecosystem approach speaks directly to practitioners, but its causal depth and evidence base is rather limited. This article provides a novel synthesis including a causal scheme of how the framework and systemic conditions of the ecosystem lead to particular entrepreneurial activities as output of the ecosystem and new value creation as outcome of the ecosystem. In addition it provides a framework for analysing the interactions between the elements within the ecosystem. This offers a much more rigorous and relevant starting point for subsequent studies into entrepreneurial ecosystems and the regional policy implications of these.

Keywords: entrepreneurial ecosystems; entrepreneurship; regional policy; economic policy

Read the full article in European Planning Studies

DARE update: new website, call for papers and extending the network

DARE update


On the verge of, undoubtedly, a well-earned summer break we would like to inform you on the latest developments within the Dutch Academy of Research in Entrepreneurship (DARE). This year, we witnessed much dynamic and enthusiasm within the DARE community. As a result numerous initiatives were started, on which we would like to inform you.

New DARE website, powered by DutchCE

DARE now has a new website and a new partner: Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship (DutchCE). The new website can be found on and provides the latest information on papers, events and other news from the Dutch entrepreneurship research community. Please stay informed by visiting the website and by following our new twitteraccount @DareResearch. Special thanks go out to Hein Roelfsema from DutchCE for making the website available and who will also help with providing content and support for DARE initiatives in the future. You will be hearing a lot more from him.

“Topondernemersregeling”-event July 2nd with ECE and DutchCE

On July 2nd DARE co-organized an event at the ECE Campus in Rotterdam on the so-called “Topondernemersregeling”. This policy instrument can be implemented by (higher) education intitutes to better facilitate high potential, ambitious student entrepreneurs, who otherwise would face trouble with their curriculum. In that sense, it is analogue to the arrangement for professional athletes known as the “topsportregeling”. One important finding was that only very few students qualify as a ‘topondernemer’, but that there were good opportunities to provide tailored support for these high potentials. Contingencies of the arrangement were deemed valuable, e.g. the intragroup learning effects were substantial and it was also worthwhile to monitor high potentials in an early stage.

Call for papers for the 8th DARE seminar in Utrecht

The upcoming DARE seminar, on 5 November 2015 at Utrecht University, aims to discuss the current state of research in the Netherlands on entrepreneurship education, technology transfer and knowledge valorisation. With this we aim to contribute to the knowledge triangle between education, research and entrepreneurship. DARE invites researchers and practitioners to submit papers related to these topics before 1 October 2015. For more information please visit or contact us by email:

Extending the DARE network

The DARE seminar last May in Maastricht suggested greater involvement of the professorships on entrepreneurship at the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences. This coincided with the founding of a joint collaboration/meeting of these professorships (Lectorenoverleg ondernemerschap). DARE is delighted by this enthusiasm and involvement and facilitates this by welcoming the professorships as DARE-fellows. In our philosophy this helps to invoke more joint efforts, like: joint proposals (e.g. RAAK/NWO grants), joint data collection (e.g. GUESSS; Alumni monitors), joint research agendas. More information will follow on the DARE website.

Enjoy the summer break!

We thank everyone within DARE for their involvement and please let us know if there is anything interesting for the members that we can share on the website or mail. Also suggestions, research outcomes and initiatives are highly welcomed. Keep up the good work and enjoy a well-deserved summer break!

Warmest regards from DARE,

Nardo de Vries (Secretary),
Roy Thurik (Chair),
Hein Roelfsema (DutchCE).

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ECE meetup topondernemersregeling 2 juli 15Entrepreneurship among students is on the rise and more and more ambitious student entrepreneurs are discovering that successfully combining studies and running a business can prove challenging. Student entrepreneurs either spend less time on their startup or study resultingin dropouts or bankruptcy. While Steve Jobs (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Dutch Pieter Zwart (Coolblue) have been highly successful despite dropping out of college, this will not be the reality for many student entrepreneurs. This begs the question: how can we help ambitious student-entrepreneurs to successfully combine academics and runninga business?

On July 2nd, on behalf of the Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship (Dutch CE) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as The Dutch Academy for Research in Entrepreneurship (DARE) and Startup Delta, the ECE hosted a meetup with more than 30 educators, specialists, and leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education to talk about specialty support programmes for student entrepreneurs – the so called ‘topondernemersregeling – and best practices in the creation of an ecosystem which promotes entrepreneurial talent.

While all of the programmes experienced their own challenges in creation and implementation, the successes seen in the three cases presented at the meetup only further strengthen the need for support for students in the completion of their studies and growth of their startup.

For a full impression and report, please click:


DARE Seminar November 5: Call For Papers


Establishing the Knowledge Triangle between Education, Research and Entrepreneurship.

DARE seminar at Utrecht University on November 5, 2015

There is broad consensus that entrepreneurship enhances an innovative culture in higher education, which in turn results in higher competitiveness. As a result, significant government funding has been allocated to the promotion and development of entrepreneurship in knowledge institutes. However, much of this investment is founded on anecdotal evidence on the causal connection between stimulating entrepreneurship and the impact this has on society. To strengthen the knowledge base, the upcoming DARE seminar aims to discuss the current state of research in the Netherlands on entrepreneurship education, technology transfer and knowledge valorisation. With this we aim to contribute to the knowledge triangle between education, research and entrepreneurship.

Call for Papers

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcomed. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical development of entrepreneurship education and the proposed and actual relationship between entrepreneurship education and economic development including: employability, new venture creation, and competitiveness.
  • Evaluating the impact and role of government and industry policies in promoting entrepreneurship.
  • Methodological issues in research on entrepreneurship education and on the impact of knowledge valorisation, the availability and assessment of new data sources, and innovation in research approaches.
  • Best practices of entrepreneurship education and knowledge valorisation, assessed from various stakeholder perspectives.

The DARE seminar aims to further develop the submitted research and the program allows for only a selection of papers. Please submit manuscripts in a word-compatible format electronically, before 1 October 2015. Papers will be evaluated by the organising committee and acceptance will be notified by email before 15 October. For submissions and questions please contact us at

We are very delighted to receive your high quality work and look forward to an invigorating DARE event.

The organising committee,

Roy Thurik (Chair)
Nardo de Vries (Secretary)
Hein Roelfsema
Erik Stam

The conference is powered by:

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Have you recently finished your PhD Thesis in entrepreneurship and the small business field and are now wondering what’s coming next? Do you want to learn more about publishing your research? Do you need advice on your latest research proposal or an article you are working on? Do you want to set up (international) research collaborations, and are looking for collaborators? Do you want to give a fillip to your career opting for the PDWW AWARD? Join us at the next RENT post-doctoral writing workshop!

The European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) is offering a workshop for EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS, with preference given to those who have finished their PhD within the past 5 years. A paper can be submitted both to the RENT conference and to the workshop; however admission to present a paper at the workshop does not secure its admission to be presented at the conference (ie: a paper in an initial stage of development).

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