“It’s often a matter of ‘unknown, unloved’”, says René van Hees about entrepreneurship. He is a project manager at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. “The possibility of starting up their own company doesn’t even occur to many students.” For this reason, the centre has organised the Round Tables, a series of four discussions in English.
Each meeting brings together a number of students and one main guest, the latter being an entrepreneur from a regional or Euregional company. Today, at the first meeting, Ronald Goedmakers is the guest. He is chair of Vebego, of which cleaning service Hago, among others, is part. The theme is socially responsible business management.
The Round Tables are part of the series of activities that the centre has organised to inspire students; these also include the Week of Entrepreneurship and the €20K business plan competition, which was won last year by Karin van der Ven. She received the prize for her company Jules & You, a student services company that helps students get phone deals, student jobs, insurance, driving lessons and more.
Students who want to take part in the subsequent round table discussions must send a motivated email to the organisers. Thirty participants is the maximum. For this first time, future economists and businesspeople in particular have signed up. “And yet”, says Van Hees, “entrepreneurship can also be interesting for health scientists or lawyers.”
The next meetings will take place on 17 December, 18 March and 20 May. Students from all faculties can register via www.mc4e.nl/roundtables.