Last year BSEEN won the National Enterprise Educator ‘HE Team Enterprise Award’ and decided to use some of the prize money to learn about student entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.
Carolyn Keenan, Project Manager and Sandra Benbow, Enterprise Consultant met with Dr. Bram Kuijken, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Amsterdam to learn about the business start-up module he runs. In the evening they attended an Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship across Europe event at Team Academy, Amsterdam’s office in the retro atmosphere of the B Amsterdam building, a former IBM office. The event was organised by Tata in partnership with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).
The event included a lively panel discussion that brought together industry experts and professionals to discuss the fundamental topic of Student Entrepreneurship within the EU. Panel members included: Agnes Jongerius, Member of the European Parliament, Anne-Wil Lucas, Startup Delta, Ellen Bark-Lindhout, Co-Founder Collider Amsterdam, Michel Arends, CEO of Team Academy and the TA Group, Aster van Laere, Student at Team Academy smoothly facilitated by Timothy Barnes, Founder of The Rain Gods.
Throughout the evening there was a showcase of some of the most innovative and early stage start-ups emerging from the Netherlands impressive entrepreneurship scene through a series of elevator pitches.
Carolyn said: “We have made some great contacts and gained a valuable insight into student entrepreneurship and the start-up eco-system in Amsterdam. This has been a good opportunity to share best practice and has given us some great ideas to incorporate into our current programme. We hope this visit will result in future collaborations.”
BSEEN, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is a collaborative initiative between Aston University, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University. It is available to students from these universities and graduates within the last five years from any university living in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area.