November, 2017

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

The workshop takes place at the Amsterdam Science Park from Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23nd November 2017. The city of Amsterdam has excellent transport links and is recognised around the world as a centre of excellence for innovation.


This workshop introduces you to the six characteristics of the Entrepreneurial Mindset. You will understand the concept of the entrepreneurial mindset and how it can help transform teaching, research and university-business collaboration. Each of the six characteristics is associated with practical steps that you will be able to take in implementing strategy, improving quality and enhancing impact within your university.

The workshop has been devised to support academics, researchers, administrators, university-business collaboration staff, managers and leaders. It is likely that you already committed to the value of the entrepreneurial mindset, and are eager to help your colleagues & students to embrace this way of thinking & acting. The workshop will help you to realise your ambitions and increase your ability to be successful.

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 worked for over 30 years in higher education, including 10 years at executive level, supporting cultural and organisational change. He is an active researcher on the topics of the entrepreneurial mindset and risk in higher education. In 2014 he devised the Six Characteristics of the Entrepreneurial Mindset, a model which is informed by published research and grounded in practice. He has run workshops on the Entrepreneurial Mindset in America, Australia, China, Europe and the UK. More information is available at:

Jochen Barth
Dr. Jochen Barth is Director for Employability at UIIN, Managing Partner at CER10DIPITY, and Associate Partner at the Service Science Factory at Maastricht University. As managing director of the Service Science Factory, which established itself as a best practice for entrepreneurial universities, he gained extensive experience in triple-helix led knowledge transfer initiatives. Jochen is also an experienced management consultant 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.



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. For example, Paul Coyle will present a model of 6 characteristics of the entrepreneurial mindset. This model has been tested in workshops in North America, Australia, Europe and the UK. The model argues that if risk is a central element of entrepreneurship then it is necessary to understand the nature of risk in the context of Higher Education and to appreciate why people do and do not take risks. Case studies will explore how to change from a risk averse culture, how to learn from failure, and how to encourage and support risk taking in Higher Education.

Example timetable

Wednesday, 22nd November

12.00 - 13.00: Registration/Lunch

13.00 - 13.15: Welcome and introductions

13.15 - 15.15: Workshop aims and personal objectives

15.15 - 15.45: Coffee

15.45 - 17.45: The entrepreneurial mindset part 1: seeing & creating opportunities and turning ideas into action

19.00: Discussions over dinner in Amsterdam

Wednesday, 23rd November

08.30 - 10.30: The entrepreneurial mindset part 2: leading the way and using resources smartly

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee

11.00 - 13.00: The entrepreneurial mindset part 3: managing risk and collaborating to create shared value

13.00 - 15.00: Working lunch/Personal Action Plans

15.00 - 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 entrepreneurship in higher education?

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From the workshop moderators

"Risk is an essential part of entrepreneurship. If we want more innovation in higher education then we also need to understand how to take more risks."
Paul Coyle

"Universities are organisational structures that inherently work against entrepreneurship. However, entrepreneurship just needs a certain degree of freedom and independence to flourish."
Jochen Barth