23-24 March, 2020

Entrepreneurial Universities Workshop


Interested in joining the workshop and an international network of professionals passionate about creating and sustaining entrepreneurial universities?

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Travel information


  • European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)
  • London South Bank University (United Kingdom)
  • University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Joint Research Centre - European Commission (EU)
  • Agency for Science and Higher Education (Croatia)
  • University of Turku (Finland))
  • Technical University Vienna (Austria)
  • Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • University of Porto (Portugal)


  • University leaders tasked with developing the universities
  • (Senior) managers involved in engagement, valorization or third mission activities
  • Business professional responsible for university engagement
  • Knowledge transfer professionals
  • Intermediaries between university and business


From participants

"An inspirational thought provoking workshop delivered by acknowledged international experts creating a gathering of like-minded entrepreneurial leaders. Truly worthwhile, enjoyable, a great learning experience. I now have much to do!"
Jerry Allen, Director for Entrepreneurship, UCL Innovation and Enterprise

"Just returned from the UIIN Workshop “The Entrepreneurial University” in Amsterdam. The workshop is most useful and informative for those of us who wish to transform our Higher Education Institutions to be more entrepreneurial and engaged. The workshop outlines the benefits of this cultural change and sets out the road map of how to start the transformation process. A very worthwhile and engaging workshop!"
Niall McEvoy, Head of Innovation at Institute of Technology Sligo


In the face of increasing global competition and an increase pace of change, universities are under greater pressure to contribute more heavily to their region. To achieve this, universities are not only being charged with the responsibility to educate and support entrepreneurial activity, but also become more entrepreneurial organisations themselves. However, making this shift is extremely challenging and requires a strategic approach and commitment and strong university leadership.

Working together with the author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at University’ and a member of the European Commission’s HEInnovate tool facilitators group, 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.

Designed for
The workshop is designed to support university leaders, managers, administrators, professionals, academics and researchers working towards developing a more entrepreneurial institution and making improvements to their institutions performance and impact. If you are committed to helping your university to become more entrepreneurial, this is your stage to meet like-minded others and learn how to overcome the common obstacles to successful change.

Underpinned by extensive research this workshop explores how universities transition towards more entrepreneurial, innovative and externally connected institutions. Drawing on European but also global experience in research and practice, you will learn how to overcome key institutional barriers, implement crucial supporting mechanisms and embed your institution with a more entrepreneurial culture. Using more than 100 good practice case studies including cases from entrepreneurial universities and concepts such as the University Twente, Technical University of Munich, TeamAcademy, the University of Adelaide, you will get first-hand insights into the strategies and approaches taken by these institutions.
Participants will design a Personal Application Project (PAP) to embed their new knowledge and provide direct outcomes of their work to their organisation.

  • Learning through a mix of research and practice-based experiences
  • Learn about the establishment of an entrepreneurial institution
  • Applying knowledge to your own institution through a Personal Application Project (PAP)
  • Gaining insights into global best practices
  • Tour around the Amsterdam Science Park area including the innovative Start-Up village
  • Dinner at one of Amsterdam’s iconic restaurants
As a result of this workshop, participants will have:
  • specific best practice examples from global leaders in entrepreneurial universities,
  • clarity about the primary challenges and areas of focus for your institution,
  • direct contribution to your work and organisational objectives,
  • deeper knowledge about the elements contributing to entrepreneurial change,
  • a more holistic understanding of the entrepreneurial university,
  • the ability to broaden your network with like-minded professional facing similar issues,


Prof. Todd Davey
Prof. Dr. Todd Davey has consulted to the European Commission, the Australian Government, the Vietnamese Government and is the author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’. Formerly a Senior Manager with Deloitte Australia’s Technology Commercialisation Group and Strategy & Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups, Todd ‘switched sides’ to work within academia. The co-creator of the UBC Ecosystem model, he was the Project Manager of the largest study yet completed into cooperation between European universities and businesses and the Creator of TechAdvance™, an online tool for evaluating technologies. Todd is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School in Paris and a visiting researcher at Imperial College (UK), Technical University of Vienna (AUT) and the University of Adelaide (AUST) in the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Dr. Jochen Barth
Jochen Barth is Director for Employability at UIIN and Managing Consultant at CINOP where he leads the Learning & Development team. As Managing Director of the Service Science Factory at Maastricht University, which established itself as a best practice for entrepreneurial universities, he gained extensive experience in triple-helix programs. He is also lecturer of the module “Vision Modelling” at the RWTH Aachen, for the executive course Business Transformation Manager. Jochen is also an experienced management consultant with over 10 years experience and has advised over 100 organizations, SME’s as well as multinationals, spanning all sectors, in a variety of topics including business model innovation, talent development, and change management.

Example timetable

Tuesday, 16th April

10.00 - 10.30: Welcome and Introductions

10.30 - 11.00: Introduction to the workshop

11.00 - 12.00: Defining the Entrepreneurial University: Group exercise

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 14.00: Exploring the Entrepreneurial University (part 1) - The entrepreneurial role

14.00 - 15.30: Exploring the Entrepreneurial University (part 2) - Key elements

15.30 - 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30: The Entrepreneurial University in Practice - Creating the environment for entrepreneurial activity

17.30 - 18.00: Entrepreneurial University Superhero exercise

18.00 - 19.30: Free time

19.30 - 22.00: Dinner out at Wolf Atelier

Wednesday, 17th April

08.30 - 09.00: Welcome coffee & reflections

09.00 - 10.30: The Entrepreneurial University in Practice - Practical Steps towards Transformation (part 1)

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00: The Entrepreneurial University in Practice - Practical Steps towards Transformation (part 2)

12.00 - 13.00: Personal Action Plans - Taking the next step

13.00 - 13.45: Lunch at Amsterdam Start-up Village

13.45 - 15.00: Personal Action Plans - Taking the next step

15.00 - 15.30: Wrap up

Transport will be provided to take participants to Schipol airport.