Tag Archives: Entrepreneurship


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...


“We are in business” South Africa!!

Posted by Niek Huizenga on April 27, 2012

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Business Incubator

This week I was at the NW University in Vanderbijlpark again to assist in the incubator project. When I arrived on the campus I entered the (almost) finished incubator facility. It was impressive and I was excited to see that the facility had the same style as our new Launch Cafe in Groningen.

Last august we designed the facility on paper and the whole facility needed to be build from scratch. Read more...


Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle in Silicon Valley

Posted by Niek Huizenga on November 16, 2011

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At this moment of writing this blog I’m waiting for the good old KLM606 flight to bring me back to the Netherlands, where it is wet and cold… Talking about the weather. There may be a positive relation between the weather climate and the business climate. Many SV entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed mentioned the positive effects of 25 degrees and sunshine all year round. Read more...


Meer ondernemerschap in het onderwijs?

Posted by Niek Huizenga on October 7, 2011

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Vanuit Silicon Valley las ik met enthousiasme de berichtgeving over de toekenning van extra overheidsgelden (15 miljoen) om onderwijs en ondernemerschap beter op elkaar te laten aansluiten en om studenten te stimuleren en ondersteunen in het opzetten van een bedrijf. Ondernemerschap wordt steeds populairder en tegenwoordig ziet maar liefst 60% van de studenten ondernemerschap als een serieuze carrière optie. Read more...


Starting and growing firms

Posted by Niek Huizenga on October 5, 2011

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I’m in Silicon Valley for two and a half weeks now. While I’m writing this blog in a coffee shop in Cupertino, people right and left from me are talking about setting up a new business. Life in Silicon Valley is all about startups, innovation and business. I like it here.

In this blog I’m going to discuss one of the topics of my research: the importance of growing firms and the relevance of the number of starting firms. Read more...


Research in Silicon Valley on IT startups and growth

Posted by Niek Huizenga on September 22, 2011

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For the coming six weeks I’m going to work on a research project in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley is renown for its IT innovations and the high number of entrepreneurs. Almost all famous and successful IT companies are founded and located on a strip of 50 km stretching form San Francisco to San Jose.

The name Silicon Valley comes from the early semiconductor industry that was concentrated in this area in the seventies. Read more...