Netherlands Institute for Knowledgeintensive Entrepreneurship: the University of Twente’s department for Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Innnovation, International Management and Marketing (NIKOS-ESIM)

Founded in 2001, NIKOS (Nederlands Instituut voor Kennisinnovatief OndernemerSchap) is one of the first academic centers for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The NIKOS staff in the Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Innnovation, International Management and Marketing department at the entrepreneurial University of Twente now cluster their research endeavours in 3 thematic lines: (1) Technology Entrepreneurship, (2) Collaborative Innovation & Networks and (3) Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Leadership. NIKOS is responsible for all entrepreneurship education at UT on bachelor and master level, including a one year master specialization in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy and a Double Diploma in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship with TUBerlin.

Entrepreneurship into practice

We offer a successful summer school called EntrepreneurialU, and a 30 credits minor which is also available for (HBO) students from other universities via KiesOpMaat. NIKOS has close ties with VentureLab Twente, offering a research-based business development programme for technology-based startups and a business growth accelerator for well-established high-tech companies. NIKOS works together with two other departments in the PC3 initiative (Product Co Creation Centres for Bottom of the Pyramid).


Petra de Weerd-Nederhof (Department Head)

#31 (0) 53 489 4499/5355