Global Entrepreneurship Week finds a place on Brabant soil

Tilburg University / IQONIC and other educational institutions in Brabant are excited: the Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 14 to 18 is the moment of the year to offer (starting) entrepreneurs an inspiring program. For the second time, educational institutions and entrepreneurial organizations from Brabant are joining forces to organize a week of meetings, workshops and events for student entrepreneurs in particular. Why are they doing this? 

Edward van de Pol, strategy ecosystems and entrepreneurship at Tilburg University: "Together with various partners, IQONIC / Tilburg University is organizing the GEW. In 2020, we started with just Fontys, Station 88 and Tilburg University and had 500 participants in the various events. Currently we are working in partnership with JADS, TU/e , BUas, HAS, Fontys, , Avans en Braventure. We want to inspire, motivate, empower, connect and share knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship with students, student entrepreneurs, alumni, researchers, employees and their business partners. Because we believe that by encouraging entrepreneurship as a university, we make an impact. In and for society."


Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions that inspire millions of people each November to explore their potential as entrepreneurs while strengthening connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems. The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere, to start and scale a business. 

(Student) Startups 

Remarkably, little to nothing is done in the Netherlands. The last post on Facebook of Global Entrepreneurship Week Netherlands dates from 2020. Except in Brabant, a province with a top climate for (student) startups. Job Nijs, director of Braventure: "Currently, our province is the most highly developed startup ecosystem in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. However, our ambition extends further, we have everything we need to grow to a top European position and for this our partners in Brabant have joined forces. In this way we can create an even better breeding ground for the jobs of the future and the solutions that also create value far beyond Brabant." For example, IQONIC, a label of Tilburg University that represents and supports all aspects of entrepreneurship within the university, guides and supports several student startups from its incubator and also organizes the Tilburg University Challenge annually. Fontys does this through its Center for Entrepreneurship in Tilburg and Eindhoven and Avans with its Entrepreneurship Center. JADS, BUas and HAS are also concentrating on entrepreneurship.


The program during the GEW offers something for everyone. Events are organized at various locations in Brabant, from a Dragon's Den in Den Bosch to an Inspiration event in Tilburg. And on Thursday a bowling competition will be held simultaneously at various locations in Brabant. For the complete agenda visit