Science meets entrepeneurship

Professional skills

Course information

Number of sessions: 1
Hours per session: 3
Course fee: 

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • € 230,- for non-members
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

In the academic year 2023-2024 this course will take place offline.

November 28 (Tuesday) 2023
Mandeville building (campus map), room T19-01


Congratulations! Imagine that after several years of hard work and a nerve wrecking defense you are done with your PhD. Maybe you’re almost there already. But what is the impact you want to make? And are you achieving the goals you had envisioned for yourself?

Setting goals and thinking about the impact you make with your research can be difficult. Deciding on what to do next, after your PhD, could be even more challenging. And that’s where this workshop comes in!

Don’t worry, we are not going to talk about setting up a business. The objective of the workshop is to trigger your entrepreneurial mindset with the help of the 5 principles of effectuation.

We will practice the art of setting short term and long term actions and goals, and assessing the resources and obstacles that help or impede accomplishing your objectives, among other things. The ultimate purpose is to create insights in how you can leverage your knowledge to create value in society and industry.

Learning objectives

After completing this workshop you will:

  • Understand the principles of effectuation;
  • Know how these principles help developing and living up to an entrepreneurial mindset.

Entry level and relevance

This workshop is useful for students in all stages of a PhD project. It is relevant for people from all disciplines and research traditions (both quantitative and qualitative). No specific knowledge or experience is required to be able to participate in the workshop.

How to prepare

Tools and materials will be shared on site. There are no preparations required. All you need to bring is an open-mind, and energy.

Farshida Zafar LL.M, director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, founder ErasmusX, member Steering committee Societal Impact AI, Senior Fellow Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance Farshida has a track record in the field of educational innovation. In the past years she co-designed, developed and implemented both educational programs as well as new applications and platforms for educational purposes. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance focusses on the impact of AI and Big Data on Law and Governance. In all her past roles and position, Farshida has used her entrepreneurial competencies and mindset to initiate new programmes, build networks and make a lasting impact in society.