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The dangers of a big public sector: findings from my project in Benin

Posted by Niek Huizenga on October 23, 2013

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At this moment I am in Benin working on an entrepreneurship project at the University of Parakou in the West-African country Benin.

Today I had a discussion with some professors and asked them where most of their students end up working. Most of the students start working for the public sector (or end up unemployed).

So public money is spend to educate people to get a job where they are paid with public money… I remember reading an article that, in developing countries, the majority of the jobs are provided by the public sector. Read more...

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Oproep aan IBM: vul de vijver eerst voor je gaat vissen

Posted by Niek Huizenga on June 21, 2013

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Er heerst een euforische stemming in Groningen. Big Blue, oftewel IBM, komt naar Groningen en creëert maar liefst 350 banen voor ICT-talent. De stad is trots: eindelijk een keer geen brain-drain, maar een brain-gain. IBM gaat samenwerken met de Groningse onderwijsinstellingen. De belangrijkste doelen van deze samenwerking zijn het bevorderen van de werkgelegenheid, aansluiting van opleidingen op de ICT-arbeidsmarkt en het inspelen op het tekort aan ICT-specialisten in de nabije toekomst. Read more...

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Startups innoveren, Sociale partners polderen

Posted by Niek Huizenga on March 7, 2013

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Vandaag las ik een oproep in Trouw geschreven door diverse topmensen uit het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven. “Investeren in innovatie de oplossing”. Een oproep die hopelijk een keer serieus genomen gaat worden.

Zoals u wellicht weet hebben de sociale partners besloten om onderling de aangekondigde kabinetsmaatregelen (verkorting WW, ontslagrecht, etc.) te bespreken en te zoeken naar een oplossing. Read more...


Entrepreneurship at the University: practice and theory

Posted by Niek Huizenga on May 17, 2012

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“Impressive dear colleague, but does it also work in theory?”

Yesterday I gave a presentation to 50 students at the University of Groningen. The subject of the lecture was startups and the differences between the Netherlands and Silicon Valley. I was hoping to share knowledge with student entrepreneurs about running businesses, motivation, acquiring resources, stimulating and obstructing factors, etc. Read more...


A week in Uganda

Posted by Niek Huizenga on May 5, 2012

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I am now finishing my second Uganda blog at the Entebbe airport. I call it a week… I have visited many places all over Uganda and I met a lot of great people. My experiences of the first days are already described in my previous blog. So I’ll start from there.

Challenges for small scale bakeries

On Monday morning I had a nice discussion about the “small scale bakeries” with Marjon and Matano (managers of Bbrood). Read more...


What I learned about bread and Uganda

Posted by Niek Huizenga on April 29, 2012

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Crossing from one place to another in and around Kampala in a 4×4 or boda boda (motorcycle). My first day in Uganda was overwhelming.

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Sustainable bakeries in Uganda

For the coming week I am going to investigate how we can setup a (small scale) sustainable bakery concept in local villages in Uganda. The main goal of these bakeries is to empower the women (who run the bakery) and to create business and jobs in rural areas. Read more...