International Entrepreneurship & Development

This minor program allows students to work abroad to develop technical solutions for complex challenges contributing to socioeconomic development.

During the minor, you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a challenge assigned to you by a project provider. Most of these challenges are located within developing and emerging markets and focus on pro-poor growth.

With your team, you will learn how to manage and work on a technology-related project in a different cultural and institutional setting and learn.


The minor program is structured as follows:

In the first two months, students will complete a set of three courses to help prepare them for their time abroad. These courses will help students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to work effectively in different cultural contexts. Students will also learn how to conduct research and learn about their challenge's local ecosystem and stakeholders. Finally, they will prepare a project plan for their time abroad.

In the second phase of the minor, students will travel abroad. During their time abroad, students must adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they research, develop and execute a solution to a challenge. Challenges providers include non-governmental organisations, (social) enterprises, universities or governmental organisations.

At the end of the minor, students will assess their solutions' impact and feasibility and reflect on the competencies they have developed as a team and as individuals.

Course list

This minor comprises four courses in total.
1. Q1 Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 EC)
2. Q1 Preparations for Intercultural Research Project (7 EC)
3. Q1 Beyond Development: Pluriverse for Sustainability & Impact (4 EC)
4. Q2 Intercultural Integration Project (15 EC)

Every minor course will be assessed separately. It is impossible to re-sit this minor as it involves group work and long-distance travel.

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Gareth Wakeling

Minor code: WM-MI-101
Language: English
Access: All
Maximum number of participants: 80
Teaching methods: Teamwork, internship

Development projects do not always bring lasting opportunities. But if you can help people set up an independent business elsewhere, a real change has been made.