Innovation and entrepreneurship: they are key components of development agendas throughout Europe, the Netherlands and the Province of North Brabant. The world needs people brimming with ideas, people who are capable of thinking beyond their personal and national boundaries and not afraid to head off in unexpected directions. It needs entrepreneurs who can make a difference.
The Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University stimulate innovative, ingenious and creative thinking and acting. Young people are eager to devote their time and energy to plans they believe in, but we all know that the road to a successful company can be long and difficult. So, these two Brabant universities have launched a unique partnership, the Brabant Center of Entrepreneurship (BCE), to foster entrepreneurial skills among both students and staff.
BCE promotes entrepreneurship as part of the Brabant academic experience. Through the center, university students and staff can develop into enterprising professionals. The goal is to prepare them for becoming active entrepreneurs, who can then conquer the international market with a resourceful, forward-thinking vision. The educational emphasis is on knowledge entrepreneurship, which has garnered attention for the program far and wide.
Off and Running
The center offers a wide range of programs for both undergraduates and graduates at its Eindhoven and Tilburg locations: certificate programs, lunchtime lectures for entrepreneurs, workshops, summer school programs, elevator pitch training, challenges and guest lectures. BCE coordinates all of the programs and events for both universities.
The management team of the Brabant Center Entrepreneurship (from left to right):
Kees Kokke, Business Director and TU/e Project Manager
Dr. Geert Duysters, Academic Director
Jessica van den Bosch, UvT Project Manager