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Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Do you want to make an impact even before you enter the labor market? Grab the opportunity to work on a start-up business plan that has a social and/or environmental impact!

Together with a small group of students, teachers and professionals from the field guide you to prepare your idea for the market.

During the minor you will receive a broad education on business topics and you will develop yourself into an expert in the field of sector information of your chosen subject. This way you improve your skills as a sustainable entrepreneur.

Added value:
Experience the energy that comes from being an entrepreneur. Get insight in developing a new business idea with impact. Create an international network of professionals. Develop skills on data collection, creation and analyzing, collaboration and pitching.


The student is able to:

  • Write a coherent and complete business plan.
  • Write a project plan for testing the feasibility of a business plan
  • Write a coherent and complete marketing plan, organization plan, and financial plan based on an innovative business idea (VBAB1, VBAB2 & VBAB3).
  • Analyze the legal aspects related to an innovative business plan (VBAB10).
  • Cooperate and communicate in an international agribusiness setting (VBAB1).
  • Integrate sustainability aspects within a business plan
  • Assess the feasibility of a business plan by validating business decisions.
  • Has knowledge of relevant horticultural production principles related to food- and flowers production and sustainability aspects.
  • Has knowledge of the international market structure and the relevance of international trade institutions.
  • Has knowledge of the relation between consumer behaviour and food supply on a retail level. 


136 EC’s (Both VHL and External students).

Provide documents for entry requirements:
Overview of achieved EC’s


Will be presented on Moodle.


Total 840 hours containing a combination of lectures on theory, group work, project work, workshops from experts and excursions to the professional field, portfolio work, exams, presentation to experts, feedback sessions, participation in the VHL Business Fair.


Term 3:

VBA2E2VEBAB1 Concepts of Business Plan

Construction a feasible business plan in a small group containing topics like: Marketing, Finance and Legal aspects.


  1. Written test: Business plan concepts
  2. Written test: English
  3. Portfolio: Sustainable entrepreneurship

VBA2F2VEBAB Sustainability in the Business Plan.
Considering different stakeholders, learn about the latest developments on sustainability and to apply the SDG’s. Communication training on: interview skills, giving feedback, conflict and culture in the workspace and leadership skills.


  1. Oral: Carrying out an interview
  2. Written: Sustainability in the food & flower sector

Term 4

VBA2GVEBAB Validating Business Decisions
Individual research project on the feasibility of the business plan. Supportive lectures and coaching is provided.


  1. Oral: English speaking skills
  2. Portfolio: implementing research
  3. Oral: Presenting your business

VBA2HVEBAB Marketing and Management Concepts
Advance and applied knowledge on relevant topics of marketing management theory.


  1. Written: Production Management
  2. Written: International Economics
  3. Written: Applied Marketing