ELS-67700 Pursuing and Realising Entrepreneurial Projects


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. LJL Ploum
Lecturer(s)dr. LJL Ploum
S Nortier
Examiner(s)dr. LJL Ploum

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Assumed knowledge on:

It is recommended that students have already followed some entrepreneurship related courses in their BSc or MSc programs or participated in extracurricular activities on entrepreneurship (e.g. at StartHub).
Students  who want to follow an entrepreneurial MOS/skills module without having an entrepreneurial project, and who have little or no prior knowledge about or experience with entrepreneurship, please see ELS-66100 Entrepreneurial Skills.

Continuation courses:

Other courses as part of the MSc Track Entrepreneurship.


PREP is specifically aimed at practicing and developing entrepreneurial skills in an authentic context. The focus is not on starting a new enterprise, but about conducting entrepreneurial projects within existing organizations, consortia or networks. Following PREP, adjacent to an Entrepreneurial (ACT) project, offers students the opportunity to follow guest lectures from business developers, entrepreneurs and role models from industry, to deepen their knowledge on successful entrepreneurial projects and to get extra guidance and coaching related to their entrepreneurial projects. In order to create overarching knowledge in addition to project-specific knowledge, PREP facilitates group discussions between students from the different Entrepreneurial (ACT) projects as well as between students following PREP and students following ELS-66100 Entrepreneurial Skills.
NB. In period 2 and 5 part of the classes of ELS-67700 PREP overlap, and are scheduled simultaneously to ELS-66100 Entrepreneurial Skills. This is meant to stimulate peer learning on individual entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the importance of entrepreneurial projects for existing companies;
- identify characteristics of entrepreneurial projects;
- apply entrepreneurial characteristics from theory to (ACT) entrepreneurship projects;
- identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own project execution;
- compare own projects with peer projects;
- compare their own analyses with external, exemplary entrepreneurial projects;
- critically evaluate own and other's entrepreneurial (ACT) project considering the process as well as the end product.


In working sessions practice-based theories in the field of customer development, business model innovation, partnership development and qualitative research methods are being discussed and applied to students entrepreneurial (ACT) projects in the different phases that characterise such projects. In guest lectures/excursions specific intra-/ entrepreneurship themes are discussed in relation to the Entrepreneurial (ACT) projects the students represent. In the final discussion session, the students evaluate and discuss (i.e. critically evaluate) their own and each other's projects from an entrepreneurship point of view. This critical evaluation is also laid down in a short individual paper which is graded.


- team report (40%);

- group presentation of (nearly) final product (10%);

- an individual critical evaluation paper (50%).

Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.50 to pass.
Prerequisites are active participation in class and active contribution to the learning process of fellow students.


Handed out in the classes.