The profile consists of two parts. First you follow the course of Science-based Entrepreneurship (7.5 EC) as a jumping board towards launching a startup. Secondly, you can follow electives from a selection of entrepreneurship oriented courses within Utrecht University (22.5 EC). It is also possible to replace one or two electives with a project, but under very strict conditions.
Part 1: Science-based Entrepreneurship (7.5 EC)
In the compulsory course of science-based Entrepreneurship you develop a business plan and a prototype of a science-based innovation, with an ICT component. (Please note that this course was previously known as ICT Entrepreneurship.)
Part 2: Approved Electives (22.5 EC)
Approved electives are master courses that have been pre-approved by the profile coordinator (list of electives: next drop down menu on this page). Other courses may be proposed but can only be approved by the profile coordinator. Please note that some combinations are prohibited, as some of the courses have overlap. You will be informed of this overlap, as it may differ from year to year, after application to the profile.
Part 2b: Entrepreneurship Project (7.5-15 EC)
You can perform an optional project that fulfils the learning goals of the course, where you research an entrepreneurship topic in collaboration with a willing staff member, typically around the domain of the staff member. Projects can be done in teams and as an individual.
Projects can be of roughly two types:
- An academic feasibility or validation study for an innovation product.
- An academic research project into the role of entrepreneurship in a particular science domain.
The end products of the project can consist of any deliverable that can be judged by the learning goals of the profile. The project is graded based on how well the set of predetermined learning goals have been met by the project. It is required that the project concerns an innovation from a particular science domain.
The project must be embedded in an existing project format within the your master program under an existing project course code. This typically means that if you perform the project, you cannot perform another project under the same course code. The topic has to be approved by the profile coordinator, and by the programme coordinator of the master programme for which you are admitted.
The student is responsible for finding a supervising staff member for the SBE aspects of the disciplinary project. This is done on a case-by-case basis depending on the research topic, but commitment from a staff member is required before the research project is allowed to commence. To enable project matching, projects are listed on Konjoin. Please go to the Konjoin website and then select 'entrepreneurship project' under 'Type project' to see the available projects. If no project is available that suits you, please consider contacting one of the staff members of the faculty about a project.
Example Profile and Constraints
A typical profile consists of 4 courses, but under strict conditions it is possible to replace one or two of the courses with a research project related to science-based entrepreneurship. An example of the profile, which closely resembles the study path of a recent student, could thus be:
- Science-based Entrepreneurship (7.5 EC)
- Innovation Systems and Processes (7.5 EC)
- Theory for Technology (7.5 EC)
- A capita selecta in the Dept. of Information and Computing Sciences into using artificial intelligence for fall detection in elderly people (7.5 EC)
It is encouraged that students also do part of their thesis on their startup product or entrepreneurship, but this is not a condition to fulfil the requirements of the Profile.