September 2017

The Entrepreneurial University

This two-day workshop will be held from Wednesday 20th to Thursday 21st September 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The workshop will consist of presentations and practical exercises. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate with each other and to share their experiences.


This workshop explores the entrepreneurial university as a concept and in practice. Drawing on published research, you will understand the world-wide significance of the concept and become familiar with exemplar case studies. You will learn how students and staff can reap benefits from an entrepreneurial approach.

The workshop has been devised to support academics, researchers, administrators university-business collaboration staff, managers and leaders. It is likely that you are already committed to helping your university to become more entrepreneurial and you are eager to learn how to overcome the common obstacles to successful change. The aim of the workshop is to highlight practical steps that you will be able to take to help your university to become more entrepreneurial.

As a workshop participant you will receive a workshop certificate, issued by the University Industry Innovation Network and signed by the workshop facilitators.


Paul Coyle
Paul is the Director of Executive Education for the University Industry Innovation Network. He has provided consultancy support in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America to universities with a strategic commitment to becoming more entrepreneurial. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities. More information is available at:

Todd Davey
Currently a Professor at Munich Business School, Todd is the author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’, has published multiple scientific articles in high-ranking journals on the topic of entrepreneurship and was the Director of the first Conference dedicated to Entrepreneurial Universities in 2012. He has over 9 years’ experience in teaching entrepreneurship at universities in 5 different countries, including the creation of Business Idea Idol and Discovery Panel programmes dedicated to developing entrepreneurial mindsets. He is the Director of the largest study in Europe on UBC for the European Commission, the Director of Strategy at the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and part of the development group for the European Commission’s HEInnovate tool.



The workshop will offer the opportunity for participants to share good practice case studies from their own universities. Additional case studies will be presented by the facilitators drawing on their experiences from around the world. The workshop facilitators have been a driving force in the development of the entrepreneurial university movement. Next to hosting the 2012 Entrepreneurial University Conference in Münster, Germany, and the 2014 Good Practice Event on Entrepreneurial Universities in Madrid, Paul Coyle and Todd Davey have driven the topic through various studies, practice projects, seminars, and most recently (2016) their central role in the development of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities.

Example timetable

Wednesday, 20th September

12.00 - 13.00: Registration/Lunch

13.00 - 13.15: Welcome and introductions

13.15 - 15.15: Workshop aims and personal objectives; Sharing examples of good practice and challenges.

15.15 - 15.45: Coffee

15.45 - 17.45: The Entrepreneurial University Concept: definitions, research findings and tools

19.00: Discussions over dinner in Amsterdam

Thursday, 21st September

08.30 - 10.30: The Entrepreneurial University in Practice - Examples from Australia, Europe, the UK and USA

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee

11.00 - 13.00: The Entrepreneurial University in Practice - Practical steps towards transformation

13.00 - 13.45: Lunch

13.45 - 15.15: Personal Action Plans

15.15 - 15.30: Conclusions, coffee and depart.

Transport will be provided to take participants to Schipol airport.


Interested in joining the workshop and an international network of professionals passionate of driving university-business cooperation?

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From the workshop moderators

"All over the world universities are seeking to become more entrepreneurial whilst upholding their traditions of excellence in teaching and research."
Paul Coyle

"Universities have a great deal of untapped potential to deliver real value to innovation, employers and their communities, but to do so they will need to become more entrepreneurial.”"
Todd Davey