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Have you recently graduated and do you dream of a career as an entrepreneur? Did you find a gap in the market and are you looking for ways to exploit it? Do you have a creative, innovative idea for solving a problem, but need help developing it into a full business plan?

Luris can help you take your idea and your entrepreneurial skills to the next level. As the Knowledge Exchange Office of Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center, Luris has practical knowledge at its disposal which it is eager to share with starting student-entrepreneurs. Luris can also bring you into contact with its large network of entrepreneurs and supporting professionals. Lastly, Luris has access to funding opportunities that are designed for aspiring entrepreneurs to have a flying start with their business.

Interested? Drop by HUBspot, the Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship, or contact Luris’ Entrepreneurship Adviser. 

Starting your own business

Are you interested in starting your own business? It’s wise to do some thorough research before taking the plunge. The following organisations can be of help: 

Ondernemersplein – info on doing business in the Netherlands
Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)
Dutch Tax Authority

ZZP-Nederland (in Dutch)
Youngstartup (in Dutch)
Instituut voor midden en kleinbedrijf (IMK) (in Dutch)
Midden- en Kleinbedrijf (MKB) Adviseurs (in Dutch)
Eigenbedrijf.startpagina (in Dutch)

Learning about entrepreneurship

If you first want to learn more about entrepreneurship you can contact the Entrepeneurship Lab at Campus The Hague. You could also follow the elective course in Entrepeneurship and Innovation which is part of the minor in business studies. 

Information sessions about running your own business

Leiden University's Career Service organises information sessions on various topics, including running your own business. Check the agenda for upcoming sessions and register for a place. You could also take a look in the LU Career Zone

Entrepreneurship event 

The Let’s get started event is a day full of inspiration and activities that takes place in Amsterdam every May. It’s a great opportunity to find out if entrepreneurship is really for you. You will also have the opportunity to talk to student entrepreneurs and serial entrepreneurs who are happy to share their knowledge and experiences with you. 


At LUC we offer a minor in Social Business Entrepreneurship.

The LUC minor in Social and Business Entrepreneurship (SBE) is designed to put you into the entrepreneur’s world at the same time as you bring your entrepreneurial ideas to the world. The minor (six classes, or 30 ECTS) is divided into two parts. Part 1 (two classes in the spring semester) introduces you to the world and perspective of entrepreneurs. The summer break will give you time to read and reflect. During part II (four classes in the fall semester), you will bring a “product” ( a profit or nonprofit good or service) to the market, government or community. Students will work individually and in teams to design products and structure their enterprises as the “go to the market”.

Please contact convener David Zetland for more information.

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