ECS-66100 Entrepreneurial Skills


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Excursion (one day)5
Course coordinator(s)M van den Berg
Lecturer(s)S Nortier
dr. ir. T Lans
Examiner(s)dr. ir. T Lans

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

MSc track entrepreneurship.


This course offers the student the possibility to learn and practice (their personal) entrepreneurial theory, skills and attitudes. Through provided literature, skills training, guest lectures and reflection on personal development students become aware of their own entrepreneurial behaviour and attitude.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify important personal characteristics of entrepreneurial individuals, including personal background skills, goals and motives;
- understand the importance of learning & personal development in an entrepreneurial career discussed in recent research;
- apply entrepreneurial characteristics from theory on their own personal situation;
- identify their own strengths and weaknesses in entrepreneurial skills;
- compare them with peers;
- compare their own analyses with an external assessment;
- critically appraise their personal entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and attitudes;
- create a personal picture of their entrepreneurial goals and intentions;
- construct an entrepreneurial idea;
- compose an entrepreneurial pitch;
- execute an entrepreneurial pitch.


A module with three sessions of 4 hours. Next to these meetings the students spend at least 20 hours on preparation of assignments, reading articles and making home assignments. During each session the student is provided with theory and assignments on several aspects of being entrepreneurial. Finally we offer students to engage in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, such as thematic workshops, Global Entrepreneurship Week, (junior) business café, company visits or summer schools. We will aim for students to create a personal focus on and awareness of:
- entrepreneurial core qualities;
- finding inspiration;
- sharing passion;
- creating and selling ideas, services or products.
In the sessions we will address proactive attitude, risk taking, being flexible, locus of control and keeping an open mind towards different ideas and viewpoints.


The final assessment consists of:
- an entrepreneurial pitch (50%);
- and a report in which students describe, reflect and elaborate on their development during the course and their home assignments (50%).
Both elements are required to be of sufficient level.
Requisites are active participation in class and active contribution to the learning process of fellow students.


Study guide, literature and handouts will be provided through Blackboard.