Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship


Course Objective

Academic and research skills: Students are able to assess and conduct a
feasibility study of a
new business idea that validates the proposed customer needs and market
potential by systematically collecting, analyzing, and reporting
relevant data.

Bridging theory and practice: Students understand the core theories and
concepts in the
field of entrepreneurship, as reflected by their ability to analyze,
compare, and apply
these theories and concepts to analyze and solve the key management
challenges faced by real-world

Social skills: Students are able to effectively pitch a new
business idea to others, and can present the results of their
feasibility studies to a group of peers in a professional, engaging

Course Content

Foundations and Forms of Entrepreneurship is an introductory course for
students who like to learn about entrepreneurship, its role and
importance in our society, and the process by which entrepreneurs
transform new ideas into successful business ventures. Entrepreneurship
is commonly associated with the creation of new businesses, but it also
captures a distinct mindset that is valuable across a wide range of
contexts. In this course, students learn to understand and apply basic
theories from economics, sociology, and psychology to study key topics
in entrepreneurship. These include the role of entrepreneurship in
economic growth; traits, motivations and behaviors of entrepreneurs; the
process of identifying, evaluating and exploiting entrepreneurial
opportunities; business planning and financing for new ventures;
managing growth and founder-CEO succession; social entrepreneurship and
corporate entrepreneurship. Theoretical understanding of these subjects
is applied to real world cases focusing on key management challenges
faced by entrepreneurs, and a team project in which students conduct a
feasibility study to validate the customer needs and market potential
for a new business idea.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Assignments – Group assessment
Assignments – Individual assessment
Mandatory attendance tutorials and (guest) lectures


Selection of articles and cases

Additional Information

This course is the first course of the SBE Minor in Entrepreneurship.

General Information

Course Code E_BK3_FFE
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W. Stam
Examiner prof. dr. W. Stam
Teaching Staff prof. dr. W. Stam
drs. E.A.H. Kleijn

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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