Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in The Netherlands
The higher education sector in The Netherlands offers excellent examples of what it
means to be innovative and entrepreneurial, and promote entrepreneurial mind sets,
entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange. Creating value from academic knowledge through
innovative services, products, processes and business models that meet economic, social
and environmental needs lies at the core of this strategy. The current challenge is
to strenghten the anchoring of value-creation processes in education and research.
This can be achieved through increased interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurial mindset
development across all subject areas, incentives for effective wider world engagement
of researchers and students, and growth-oriented support for startups. This report
presents an in-depth analysis of the policy framework and institutional practices
and provides useful guidance for policy makers and university leaders across the world.
HEInnovate is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to promote
the innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution.