The Future Entrepreneur

Academic year2020-2021                                                              
Period4 and 5
Number of meetings        9
Dates of all meetings3, 10, 17, 24 February, 3, 10, 17, 31 March, 7 April 2021
LocationVrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Roomwill be announced later
LecturersLecturers:  Course coordinator: 
  • Marco van Gelderen

Course Description

Main course elements and concepts:
The course The Future Entrepreneur is concerned with entrepreneurial opportunities and the role of the entrepreneur in the year 2030.

  • Assignments
    There are two assignments. In the first one you outline a future entrepreneurial opportunity. You decide on the area in which conduct their investigations. Some random examples of a potential topics to be investigated are the increasing inequality of wealth, sustainable development and resource depletion,  robotisation, AI, big data, surveillance, synthetic biotech, water management. Students will be asked to develop two diverging scenarios with regard to the topic of their choosing based on a PESTEL analysis, and develop an opportunity that is robust or adaptable to both. 
  • In the other assignment you write an essay on role and attributes of the future entrepreneur, also based on the classes provided by the various lecturers. What values will this entrepreneur pursue and what qualities allow the Future Entrepreneur to be effective? You will also reflect on how you relate personally to the entrepreneurial profile outlined in your essay. Again, you will use the scenario method to outline various possible future froms of entrepreneurship.

Working formats and activities: 

Each class aims to have interacting working formats, engaging the students in active learning. Participation counts as a percentage of the final grade. In the last session, students present their future business idea. One assignment will be written as a team, one will be written individually.

Relevance of the course: The VU has as its slogan: Looking Further. What course fits this tagline better than the Future Entrepreneur? This course challenges its participants to think further and to anticipate what may be lying ahead. It focuses on future trends as well as the role of the entrepreneur. Because anticipating the future necessarily involves speculation, it also challenges its participants to employ academic as well as non-academic sources, and speculative as well as evidence based sources, while remaining cautious with regard to the reliability and validity of all.

Attainment targets/learning outcomes (“eindtermen”):

  • To develop critical, creative, anticipatory thinking skills
  • To develop knowledge about current and future conceptions of entrepreneurship

Practical Information: Please contact Marco van Gelderen at [email protected] if you have questions.

Study materials: Two or three academic research articles per week.
Assessment method(s): 

  • The final grade will be based on a report on a future entrepreneurial opportunity (40%); 
  • an essay of the profile of the future entrepreneur (50%);
  • and class participation (10%). 
  • One assignment is conducted in a team, and one solo. 
  • You are not allowed to score lower than “5” on any of the components. Revisions meet a grade cap of “6”.