May 2020

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Higher Education

The workshop takes place at the Amsterdam Science Park from the 11th to 12th November 2019. The city of Amsterdam has excellent transport links and is recognised around the world as a centre of excellence for innovation.


Interested in joining the workshop and an international network of professionals passionate of driving entrepreneurship in higher education?

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Travel information


  • Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt (EAL) (Denmark)
  • Hochschule Ruhr West (Germany)
  • Budapest Business School - University of Applied Sciences (Hungary)
  • Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland)
  • Northumbria University (United Kingdom)
  • The American College of Greece (Greece)
  • University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Riga Technical University (Latvia)
  • Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal)



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.


From participants

"Participation in the ELIHE workshop was time and money very well spent. We were a “smallish” group of like-minded and passionate individuals, highly motivated to share our experiences and learnings. Expert facilitation helped bring this all together while at the same time blending in new insights. Excellent networking, useful takeaway frameworks and ideas and great fun."
Greg Whittred, Professor, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

"I attended the workshop, Entrepreneurial Leadership in Higher Education, in Amsterdam, in November 2017 and since then several opportunities has occurred both in writing academic papers and in network and teaching students and other practitioners. One of the better opportunities were attending the annual UIIN conference in London. Then UIIN conference brought me a new perspective and network across the University industry and to understand the market and learning situation. The professors at the workshop in Amsterdam, where empathic, professional and willing to share their own experiences regarding strategy and university industrial changes."
Jacob Thomsen, Assistant Lecturer and Project Manager, UCL University College Denmark


This workshop addresses the challenges and required skills of leading in Higher Education. The shift towards more engaged and entrepreneurial universities, that are expected to increase their third revenue stream, prepare students for the future, and play a role in society, means that universities also require leaders that are engaged and entrepreneurial.

During this workshop, you will be able to take time, outside of your daily routine, to reflect on your leadership challenges and further develop the skills that are necessary to meet them.

Designed for
The workshop is designed for senior-level leaders in higher education who are expected to lead their department, faculty, or institution towards a more engaged and entrepreneurial one. The workshop will help you to realise your ambitions and increase your effectiveness as a leader.

Through a workshop format that varies between short lectures, group interaction, and self-assessment and reflection you will be inspired and challenged. You will develop a better understanding of what entrepreneurial leadership means and why it is important. You will reflect on your personal challenges and examine the effect of leadership on core activities such as teaching, research and administration. We will investigate how to lead an entrepreneurial organisation and how to develop entrepreneurial cultures. Overall, the emphasis will be on finding practical applications that can help you make a difference in your own organisation.

  • Gaining new insights from experienced facilitators and interaction with other senior-level participants,
  • Plenty of useful tools and methods,
  • A personal, dynamic, and practical workshop format,
  • 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:
  • A clear understanding of the characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership and why it is important,
  • Clarity about your own challenges and how to address them,
  • Tools and methods that can be put into practice immediately,
  • A personal vision and strategy that can be used for direction and measuring progress,
  • A broader network of like-minded professional facing similar issues.


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.

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.

Example timetable


12.30 - 13.30: Lunch

13.30 - 14.00: Welcome and Introductions

14.00 - 15.00: The characteristics of good leadership; why would people want to follow you?

15.00 - 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 - 16.30: The challenges of leadership within the context and culture of Higher Education

16.30 - 17.30: Leading, thinking and acting like an entrepreneur

17.30 - 19.30: Free time

19.30: Discussions over dinner in Amsterdam


09.00 - 09.30: Arrival/coffee - Reflections on Day One

09.30 - 10.30: Future of Universities

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00: Good practice in leading teaching, research and administration

12.00 - 13.00: Personal Vision and Action Plans

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch & Tour of Start-Up Village

14.00 - 15.00: Personal Vision and Action Plans(cont.)

14.30 - 15.00: Final wrap-up and conclusions

Transport will be provided to take participants to Schipol airport.