Mike Spits @ Amsterdam Economic Board – Week 39

Mike Spits @ Amsterdam Economic Board – Week 39

Hi,

Thank you for reading my blog again. Today I’m going to tell you about my internship at the Amsterdam Economic Board (AEB). The AEB is a company that stimulates working together (sharing) and networking at companies and the government. Their goal is to create a durable economic growth in Amsterdam.

The challenge we will be working on is called „Towards a Sharing Economy”, which mainly focusses on thinking of ideas that create a solution for reducing waste and saving money. This can be done by creating a sharing economy, where people can, as it says, share services and products.

A few examples of companies that already build towards a sharing economy are Airbnb and Snappcar. Airbnb is a platform where you can rent a room from the people who put it for rent. People that have a spare room or who are going away for a certain amount of time can list their home or room for rent. Snappcar is a service where you can loan each others car for a small price.

We, students, have to come up with a business model for sharing in the social sector. It looks like it is not very attractive for companies to create a more sharing economy in that sector, maybe because they are usually non-profit organisations and the products that are made or used can be very expensive. Wouldn’t it be great if companies in the social sector especially focus on sharing, since it can reduce a lot of costs and waste? Yes it is hard to find a solution, but it is not impossible and definitely worth it, so I am really looking forward to it!

See you next week!

Mike Spits

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Introduction blog post

Introduction blog post

Hello! My name is Amira Ramic, I’m 22 years old and I’m a third year student of Pharmaceutical sciences at the VU university in Amsterdam where I also live. My major study consists of mostly scientific subjects, especially in the field of chemistry, and laboratory research. Most students with a pharmaceutical science degree end up to be a researcher, both for universities and for pharmaceutical companies. However, I did not find my passion in doing this. That is why I choose entrepreneurship as my minor. This way I want to broaden my knowledge and to maybe find an overlap between my major study and entrepreneurship.

What I find really fascinating about entrepreneurship is that you can create something totally new, something that did not exist yet. By being a (successful) entrepreneur you can contribute something to the world. It is all about innovation, creativity and most of all independence. And independence is what I strive for in my future job. What is also find interesting about entrepreneurship is that everybody can become an entrepreneur. You don’t have to be born like one, you can teach yourself how to be one. This brings a lot of possibilities for me since I did not yet figure out what I want to do in my future.

Until now I have already learned a lot about entrepreneurship in this course. The most interesting, and also fun, assignment were the practical assignment with the interviews. That is why I’m looking forward to the internships. I did never do an internship before (too bad) so I’m hoping to learn a lot of new things and gain new experiences.

Amira Ramic
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Blog 1

Blog 1

Hello,

My name is Bas Minnema, I am 24 years old, live in Amsterdam and I study Science, Business & Innovation. I completed most courses of the minor entrepreneurship last year, but still need to do IE and EI. Therefore I will not be joining the internships.

The reason I chose this minor is because I want to become an entrepreneur myself in a few years and I would like to learn about the theoretical approach to entrepreneurship first to increase my chances of success eventually. I am interested in entrepreneurship because the richest people in the world are entrepreneurs and I am curious about what causes entrepreneurs to be successful.

For my biography assignment I chose Warren Buffett because he is an archetypical entrepreneur, one of the richest people in the world and a fascinating person because of his brilliant investment strategies.

Blog Post 1 – Pieter-Bas

Blog Post 1 – Pieter-Bas

My name is Pieter-Bas, currently I am a third year student at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam. At the moment I study Public Administration, and I follow the minor Entrepreneurship. In the following couple of months we, the entrepreneurship students, will be placed at various companies for our internships. This is why, every week, we will write a blog post about our experiences at the workplace, combining our findings with relevant literature. In this first post I will shortly introduce myself, as well as share my initial thoughts on entrepreneurship.

For the greatest part of my life I have lived in both The Netherlands, as well as the Dutch Antilles. After obtaining my high school degree I did not directly attend University. As my greatest hobby is surfing, something I learned whilst living in Scheveningen, I decided to take a year off to travel. This is when I travelled through New Zealand, Australia, Borneo and Indonesia for ten consecutive months. In this trip I combined travelling, surfing, a Cambridge English course, and volunteer work. At the moment I live in Amsterdam, where I both work and study. For two to three days a week I am the manager of a ‘traiteur’ called Frederique, which is situated in the ‘Pijp’. Here we mainly sell healthy take-away meals and I am in charge of day-to-day operations.

When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of a proactive person who sees opportunities where others do not. I think of someone that makes well informed decisions, but is not afraid of taking risks and who is prepared to work around the clock to make his business succeed.  What appeals to me most about entrepreneurship is the use of  knowledge of a specific field or market to find a business opportunity and hopefully not only to create wealth for yourself, but to add value for society as a whole.

Blog Week 1, Jonas Vermaas

Blog Week 1, Jonas Vermaas

Hello! This is my first blog. My name is Jonas Vermaas. I’m 22 years old and I live in Utrecht. At the moment i’m studying Management and Organisation Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Last year I followed with great interest the minor Innovation Management in Utrecht. Studying something different gave me input to follow two extra minors towards my Master. Beside the minor Entrepreneurship at the VU I also will follow this year the minor Business Economics to broaden myself. Besides studying I like to hang out with my friends, go to festivals or chill in the park. One of my hobbies is field-hockey. Beside I’m playing I’m also the trainer/coach of a prestigious young women team and the assistant trainer of the first women team at my hockey club.

I’ve chosen this Minor to broaden myself and to learn about entrepreneurship. Until so far the minor suits me very well. The alternation between theory and practice is very comfortable. At my own bachelor is usually only theoretical. Doing things, contacting people, building a network and learn by trial and error is in my opinion the only way to learn about entrepreneurship. Because entrepreneurship is undertake the options you see and create value. In my opining entrepreneurship can’t be learned from inside a classroom. So by learning and experience, both practical and theoretic, all the different sides of entrepreneurship we get input to become an entrepreneur for our own. And at the end entrepreneurship is about creating and following your own dreams.

See you next week with some pictures!

Weekly Blog Michael Brom: Week 1

Weekly Blog Michael Brom: Week 1

My name is Michael Brom and I’m currently 23 years old. This year I’ll be finishing my bachelor in Science, Business and Innovation on the VU University Amsterdam. The bachelor Science, Business and Innovation mainly focuses on exploiting scientific opportunities into successful products. I have chosen this bachelor because the combination of science and entrepreneurship has always fascinated me. From an early age, I’ve always been seeking for own, novel ideas through curiosity. Focusing on entrepreneurship stimulates to convert potential ideas (derived from curiosity) into a realistic process towards the value-creating product. An important inspiring entrepreneur, Walt Disney, quoted: “ We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Entrepreneurship itself is an opportunity to exploit ideas into reality, but only when you become an expert on something that relates to your business. “It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy.” (Elon Musk about his favorite book: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,”
where he learned that when we constantly acquire knowledge and observe the environment, then we could create better questions: or recognize opportunities).

Through continuously obtaining knowledge with regard to entrepreneurship, I’m more able to critically believe in my own ideas. It fascinates me when I discover how leading, inspirational entrepreneurs have developed their ideas into products, how they have created their business model and how their personal background has influenced their entrepreneurial trait. It’s very interesting and stimulating to see how these entrepreneurs have created their ideas and how they implemented it into our society. Elon Musk, for instance, currently a highly successful business tycoon, entrepreneur, innovator and investor, has is the mastermind behind Tesla Motors, PayPal and SpaceX. Since the beginning of Tesla, I’ve been dreaming to have an internship at the company. I’m constantly learning about the entrepreneurial life of Elon Musk and Tesla Motors itself, in order to prepare myself for the future (exploiting my dream to create your own ideas and to have an internship at Tesla Motors).

Just a few very basic things on my mind…         

Just a few very basic things on my mind…         

by: Jobbe van der Maesen

For quite some time now, I’ve decided for myself that I want to become an entrepreneur. But then the question arises: do you become an entrepreneur? Or is it something that is a characteristic of your personality, which cannot be taught? I believe true entrepreneurship lies within your personality. Anyone can come up with a great idea, but putting that idea into practise and having the guts to do so is not so easy. Many highly successful entrepreneurs have never even graduated with a college or university. Entrepreneurship comes with confidence and determination of your idea and vision, a characteristic trait that not everyone carries in their toolbox.

I do believe however, that you can increase your chances at becoming a successful entrepreneur. I chose to do a minor in Entrepreneurship to do precisely that. I want to expose myself to new inspiration. I want to learn from other great entrepreneurs and I want to flow into a mindset that is alert for opportunities and ideas. I’m a physics student at the TU Delft. The physics program is so time consuming that I haven’t really had any time to work out ideas and to actually pursue my ideas for business. Now I have so much free time that there is finally room for entrepreneurial ideas to start taking shape inside my head.

For the record, when I talk about entrepreneurship I’m thinking about intelligent and innovative entrepreneurship. So no, when I think about entrepreneurs I am not talking about the baker or the shoarma guy, I’m talking about big-time entrepreneurs that have set up large, creative, and successful businesses. I’m an ambitious young man and I want to talk about entrepreneurship in an ambitious and intelligent sense.

So I want to become an entrepreneur, I have ideas and time, but I wish I had more knowledge about starting a business. If you want to start a business you have to know what you’re doing, and you have to have knowledge of the market you want to operate in. You also need cash and partnerships, usually. Hopefully in the next couple of months I will gain more knowledge about processes that come into play when starting businesses. If I won’t learn this important information at the VU then I’ll seek it from experienced entrepreneurs or literature.