Center for Entrepreneurship @ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Center for Entrepreneurship @ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (CfE@VU) hosts various unique activities in the field of entrepreneurship. From 2008 to 2016, VU Amsterdam participated in the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), together with University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Amsterdam University of the Arts. Although ACE's set targets were achieved, there was still a clear need to present the university's unique activities in the context of entrepreneurship. CfE@VU was founded on 1 January 2017 to address this need.

The ACE Venture Lab continued under the wings of UvA. Together with the new incubator at VU Amsterdam, it will be part of a new network of university incubators in Amsterdam.

News article in the Advalvas university paper (Dutch): VU starts own Center for Entrepreneurship.

How can I officially register my company? How can I get a business account at a bank? The Center for Entrepreneurship @ VU hosts a helpdesk with relevant content to answer these questions and more. 

Besides the helpdesk, we are happy to get you started by setting up a meeting where we can provide a helping hand. We do this by consulting the wide variety of entrepreneurs and professionals in our network. You can come to us for any issue that arises, we look forward to meeting you! 

Just send us a mail at, either in English or Dutch. 


  • I have an idea
    Do you have an idea but don’t know where to start? This section provides you with all the tools you need to make your idea solid.
  • I have a business plan
    So after figuring out what your idea is precisely about you can start on realising your plan. This part depicts all the elements you have to take into account when starting your own business.
  • I already have a business
    You have a business but there are still some obstacles on your path. This step provides you with options on obtaining funds, office space, knowledge and broadening your network.
  • I want to scale-up
    Ready for your next step, scaling-up? How do you find employees and other relevant partners? We have summed up some options for you.

A broad network is highly relevant for entrepreneurs, collaboration can provide original ideas and give new insights to current businesses operations. The Center for Entrepreneurship @VU maintains a strong network of VU alumni owning their own company. This network is a diverse one, research into the academic background of the VU Alumni Entrepreneurs has shown that  the entrepreneurs come from eight different faculties. More information and the list of VU Alumni Entrepreneurs >

Education in entrepreneurship is traditionally seen as something for economics and business studies. However, the great amount of tech start-ups has proven that entrepreneurship is accessible for every type of student. The main goal of the CfE@VU is to stimulate entrepreneurship amongst students of the VU Amsterdam and UvA. To achieve this, CfE@VU offers the MsC Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the UvA and several other courses at the VU. Read more >

Cases in entrepreneurship are useful for educational purposes, and are suitable for senior bachelor students up to executive education students. The Center for Entrepreneurship @VU has been involved in the creation of multiple cases, a few are illustrated here.

Cases from Amsterdam
To bring entrepreneurship education in Amsterdam to a higher level, ten entrepreneurship teaching cases are developed for the collaborative valorization program ‘IXAnext; Talent for innovation’.

Each of these entrepreneurship teaching cases features a recent start-up from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Although the cases can be used at any level, they are especially suitable for late bachelor and master level entrepreneurship courses at universities, and also for executive education.

The cases consist of a written text and an introduction video that both can be used free of charge. After registration, teachers can also get access to teaching notes and a discussion forum to learn how these cases might be used in class. The director-founder of CfE@VU is responsible for a number of these cases (among others the Optics11 case).

Amsterdam Entrepreneurship Cases


Cases from the Entrepreneurial Dilemma in the Development of the Small Firm
A number of small cases for entrepreneurship education have been developed, and have been used in academic education since 2016 (both in lectures and exams). The final versions of these cases will be presented in the forthcoming book The Entrepreneurial Dilemma in the Development of the Small Firm: Towards the Next Step in the Life Cycle by Enno Masurel (expected to be published in 2018). These cases are semi-fictional. The first case is ‘To protect or not to protect (that is the question)’ and includes teachers’ notes.

Every summer, the Center for Entrepreneurship @VU welcomes participants from all over the world, who come together in an International Summer School to share their ideas and develop their entrepreneurial skills.

CfE@VU International Summer School 2018: New venture Creation and Entrepreneurship
Due to high interest, there will be two International Summer Schools in 2018: 14-28 July and 28 July - 11 of August.

The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of our time, throughout the world. This means not only start-ups, but also the development of new activities by existing firms and spin-offs by universities, company expansions and take-overs. This course follows a sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with all the economic, social and ecological aspects of new ventures.

Much of the precise content is determined by the students themselves, who are expected to come up with their own business ideas and contributions, guided by the course lecturers. After morning lectures on such topics as the start-up process, Business Model Canvas 2017, entrepreneurial competencies and enterprising behaviour, in the afternoons the students work on practical assignments, with additional support from outside experts.

The course ends with the presentation of the team assignments, in a Dragon’s Den/ Shark Tank setting.

Entrepreneurship research and education has developed to become a global subject. The CfE@VU also works globally through participating in multiple projects in Southeast Africa. The collaboration between African PHD students and Dutch university lecturers has led to interesting findings, which can be found on Entrepreneurship in Africa

Our staff keeps this page up to date with the latest trends and developments regarding entrepreneurship. The content varies from amusing articles to highly useful and applicable tips by experts. Find out more through interesting articles, blogs and videos on the news and media page > (to be published soon), for now: take a look at our Facebook page.
Masurel, Enno
Prof. Enno Masurel
Marianna Akhbulatova

Student Assistant
Jeroen van Workum

Student Assistant

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Entrepreneurship
School of Business and Economics
De Boelelaan 1105
+31 20 59 89906

CfE@VU's activities are done in partnership with various organisations.

ACE Venture Lab

Innovation Exchange Amsterdam