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Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Campus The Hague)


Admission requirements



Entrepreneurship is everywhere. The number of entrepreneurs has increased considerably in the Netherlands over the past years. Entrepreneurs are the “agents of change” who identify entrepreneurial opportunities and act upon these opportunities. An increasing amount of people recognize that entrepreneurship may be rewarding in terms of high levels of autonomy and satisfaction with one’s work.

Recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities and having an innovative mindset are of utmost importance in our changing society and play, therefore, key roles in this course. The focus is on the individual entrepreneur who takes the risk to start and grow a firm. Who are these entrepreneurs, how do these entrepreneurs recognize entrepreneurial opportunities, and what are the most important aspects during the process of starting and running a company? This course also devotes attention to financing issues and aspects related to the exit side of entrepreneurship.

This course is a challenging entry into business studies, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students acquire relevant academic and practical insights and skills in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, and the domains closely connected to entrepreneurial decision making such as marketing, strategy, and finance. The course consists of lectures and interactive seminars (“werkgroepen”) in which real life business cases are discussed; also, students are expected to write and pitch a start-up plan. Guest speakers will be invited to share their practical insights.

Course objectives

Course objectives
The objective of this course is to acquaint the student with entrepreneurship and innovation.

At the end of the course the student has acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • The student is able to explain what entrepreneurship is and why studying entrepreneurship and innovation is important;

  • The student can identify which skills, attitudes, and types of behavior a successful entrepreneur possesses;

  • The student can explain which aspects play a role during the process of starting and growing a firm from a theoretical point of view;

  • The students can apply theoretical knowledge (see previous learning goal) to real life business cases;

  • The student can write, evaluate, and convincingly pitch a start-up plan.


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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 7

  • Names of lecturers: dr. P.W. van der Zwan

  • Lectures are taught in English.

Seminars ("werkgroepen")

  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 2

  • Names of instructors: dr. P.W. van der Zwan

  • Seminars are taught in English.

  • Preparation and participation required.

Assessment method

The final grade of this course consists of the following three compulsory parts:

  • Exam (60%);

  • Team assignment (start-up plan) (30%);

  • Presentation (10%).

For the team assignment draft versions need to be handed in every week. Enrollment after the first week is not possible because of the group assignments. The separate parts can be compensated, but the written exam is the only part for which a re-sit exists. Passes for the separate parts can be reapplied at the re-sits in the same academic year only.

Exam readings
The studied chapters from the text book, the required literature and listed in the Syllabus, and everything that has been dealt with in the lectures and seminars.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


  • Greene, F. (2020). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (1st edition), Red Globe Press: London, ISBN: 978-1-137-58955-2 (paperback version).

  • Articles: links to the articles will be made available through Brightspace.


Check the website under “course and exam enrollment” for information on how to register for the course.

Contact information

  • Coördinator: dr. P.W. van der Zwan;

  • Address: Steenschuur 25 te Leiden (B2.30);

  • Availability: Monday to Friday 09h00-17h00;

  • Phonenumber: 071- 527 8560;

  • E-mail:


  • Institute: Institute of Tax Law and Economics;

  • Department: Business Studies;

  • Address secretarial: Steenschuur 25 in Leiden (B2.26);

  • Opening hours: Every workday except for Wednesday 9.00 - 17.00h;

  • Telephone secretarial office: 071 527 7851;

  • Email:


In case of (corona)restrictions imposed by the government, this course description is subject to change.