In the 1st and 2nd semester of 2021-2022 HZ University of Applied Sciences offers the minor Innovative Entrepreneurship. This is an English-language minor accessible to national and international (exchange) students. HZ has a long history in offering courses in Entrepreneurship. This minor will focus on stimulating innovative entrepreneurship. The objective is to encourage new entrepreneurs to develop breakthrough-innovations, not only from a technological viewpoint but also from an economical viewpoint. HZ University is one of the universities that has signed the Memorandum of Understanding of Startup Delta. (Vereniging Hogescholen)
The minor consists of two blocks of 10 weeks (= 15 ECTS each), which can be followed independently.
Block 1 Entrepreneurial skills (15 ECTS): You are eligible for this minor if your ambitions are to become an entrepreneur. For example, if you have an idea for a product or a service, but also if you have not such an idea yet. The first block focuses on developing entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. This is done by means of workshops and guest lecturers given by experts, sometimes on location. Much space is reserved for idea generation and validation of your ideas.
Deliverables: Business plan (60%) and a pitch (40%) of your business plan. At the end of this block you make a choice between Kickstarting your idea or becoming an Intrapreneur.
Block 2A (15 ECTS) Student Kickstart: Based on your progress during the first block, you choose to become an entrepreneur and kickstart your business idea / scale-up your own company. You can also participate in this block if you can proof you have mastered the competencies of block 1 by yourself, or in a comparable program.
The Student Kickstart is a 10-week programme that builds on the Skills programme to help you validate your (scalable) business idea and find your first customer. The programme focuses on the actual start of your own business and to helps you find your product-market fit. You will be pushed to take the next step by validating your target audience and their needs and desires.
Business coaches will participate and are available for feedback. They act as a coach, not your employee. You are the person in charge of the whole process. Workshops concerning financing your business, networking, legal issues and pitching will be offered.
Deliverables: Personal progress portfolio (100% of grading).
Block 2B Intrapreneur (15 ECTS): During the first block you decided not to become an entrepreneur yet, but to develop your entrepreneurial skills to become an Intrapreneur (= entrepreneurial employee). You will apply your knowledge and the entrepreneurial skills you master in an existing organisation. For 10 weeks you will be working on the implementation of an innovation project or a change project in an existing organisation in the region. You will be the (assistant of the) project leader, who will an innovation project into the next stage of implementation.
Deliverables: Contribution to implementation of a business case. Prior to this block, clear objectives are defined that have to be delivered. Tasks and responsibilities are well defined. During this block you will demonstrate and improve your skills as an intrapreneur. Workshops to improve your performance or coaching will be offered at your request. Deliverables: Project plan and Personal progress portfolio (100%).
It is possible to choose for a different minor of 15 ECTS during block 2 of the minor.
Time consumption minor: 4-5 days / week (1 day plenary program, 1 day feedback and coach session, 2-3 days work out assignments.
Startup and run your own company (project) through:
• Making your business plan (project plan)
• Implement and adapt your business plan (project plan).
• Execute a business plan (project plan) successfully.
Requirements for participation:
Well-motivated students with an entrepreneurial attitude, who have obtained their Propedeuse exam (Foundation Year) + 45 ECTS. The max. number of participants is 25. An intake interview is part of the enrollment procedure.
Class days may differ throughout the semester.
4-5 days / week (1 day plenary program, 1 day feedback and coach session, 2-3 days work out assignments.
Business analysis + business idea, SWOT, branch and market analysis, Macro + Meso analysis, sales & marketing, judicial framework, financial framework
weighing factor: 60%
Min. pass grade: 5,5
Weighting factor: 40%
Min. pass grade: 5,5
3. Personal progress portfolio
Weighing factor: 100%
Min. pass grade 5,5
In the 1st and 2nd semester of 2021-2022, HZ University of Applied Sciences offers the semester programme Innovative Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Dockwize, the innovation hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. This is an English-language minor.
The programme consists of two blocks of 10 weeks (=15 ECTS each). Students who want to push on with their own business can continue in the Kickstart programme. Students who would rather be working in cooperation with larger organisations can continue in the Intrapreneurship programme.
Entrepreneurial Skills programme (15 ECTS)
The Entrepreneurial Skills programme is an 10-week programme that focuses on developing entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. We train you to put entrepreneurship into practice and understand how you can find out what your customer wants.
You learn about Lean Startup, a method to build (new) and successful businesses based on a direct connection to their market. So every investment in time, effort and investment into the company immediately has its effect. The Lean Startup approach will have you focus on the essence of what will make your company successful as you develop products or services.
Kickstart programme (15 ECTS)
The Kickstart Programme is a 10-week programme that builds on the skills programme to help you validate your (scalable) business idea and find your first customer. The programme focuses on the actual start of your own business and to help you find your product-market fit. You will be pushed to take the next step by validating your target audience and their needs and desires.
You will learn how to set up a marketing and sales plan and to determine your communications and distribution channels to reach your potential customers. We will also be looking at the legal side of running your business and offering your products to your customers. Plus, we will be running you through the best way to set up your revenue model, cost models and how to bring in investments when your business needs that.
Intrapreneurship programme (15 ECTS)
The Intrapreneurship Programme is a 10-week programme that focuses on becoming an intrapreneur (= entrepreneurial employee). This programme is meant for ambitious and entrepreneurial students who have decided not to become an entrepreneur yet or who do not have a business idea.
During this block you will be working in teams on the implementation of an innovative project or a change project in an existing organization. Together with the company owner or projectleader you work on a challenging project. The best way to improve your skills as an intrapreneur!
Apply: by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Application deadline: June 1st
Selection interviews: Week 23 and 24
Programme sessions: 2 blocks of 10 weeks (Skills Programme + Kickstart or Intrapreneurship programme) 3 full days every week
- 1-day plenary programme
- 1-day feedback and coach session
- 1-day work out assignment