Nurturing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems




16-30 Oct 2024



Build stronger and more effective ecosystems by comprehending the regional context, identifying valuable assets, and fostering entrepreneurial activities within the broader network of actors. This empowers your institution to serve as a launchpad for new ventures and talent, and a landing pad for international enterprises.

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Nurturing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


€900 members / €1,200 non-members

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Who should attend

University leaders including vice presidents and deans
wanting to create more connections and impact in their community through entrepreneurship.

Directors of centres, institutes, and incubators
wanting to increase support for academic spin-outs and student startups by connecting with a broader ecosystem.

Knowledge transfer professionals
responsible for supporting student and academic entrepreneurship, particularly with a role of developing internal and external relations.

Regional development managers, ecosystem builders and city council officers
responsible for regional development, regional innovation ecosystems and/or entrepreneurial development.

Learning outcomes

By sharing tools, frameworks and case studies from global experts and through facilitated group activities and dynamic discussions, you will develop skills to support and accelerate the development of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.

This course will help you to

  1. Map your regional entrepreneurial ecosystems
  2. Develop relationships and programs involving relevant non-university stakeholders
  3. Design and implement a role for universities in building entrepreneurial ecosystems
  4. Connect and develop relationships with your regional entrepreneurial ecosystem
  5. Build and structure knowledge-intensive places and spaces
  6. Identify key regional partners and programs to support your entrepreneurship activities
  7. Capture the value of and communicate the entrepreneurial impact
  8. Understand your entrepreneurship ecosystem

Course elements

Find out which individual components form the course.

Week 1 | 16 Oct

Introduction to the course

Onboarding   |   11:30 - 12:00 UTC

Identify your entrepreneurial ecosystem | Workshop

Gain a comprehensive understanding of your entrepreneurship ecosystem, including mapping it to identify potential partnerships and relationships, applying global best practices for developing relationships with regional partners, and employing methods and tactics to value and communicate entrepreneurial impact.   |   12:15 - 14:15 UTC
Week 2 | 23 Oct

Building an ecosystem for entrepreneurship | Workshop

Learn to connect and cultivate relationships within your regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, identify external champions crucial for ecosystem growth, apply global best practices for regional partnerships, and grasp methods and tactics for building and structuring knowledge-intensive areas.   |   11:30 - 13:30 UTC

Developing a university incubator, unit or program | Fireside chat

Gain insights into the role of universities in building entrepreneurial ecosystems and learn how to develop relationships and programs involving non-university stakeholders.   |   13:45 - 14:45 UTC
Week 3 | 30 Oct

Mapping your entrepreneurial ecosystem | Knowledge-to-practice session

Gain insights into mapping entrepreneurial ecosystems involving universities, develop relationships and programs with relevant non-university stakeholders, and enhance personal motivation and capability in building a successful ecosystem.   |   12:30 - 14:00 UTC

Course knowledge capture

Wrap-up   |   14:10 - 14:40 UTC


Meet your facilitators and experts for this personal development course.

Arno Meerman
Arno Meerman

CEO and Founder, UIIN

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Dr. Sarah Jaber

Director, UIIN

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva
Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva

Manager Strategic Initiatives, UIIN

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A/Prof. Todd Davey

Associate Professor for Entrepreneurship and Associate Partner, UIIN

Dr. Andrey Dyachenko
Dr. Andrey Dyachenko

Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator, UIIN


Our unique approach to your personal learning experience.

Tailored learning pathways
Customise your professional development journey by selecting those courses that suit your aspirations.

Flexible to your schedule
Ensure maximum flexibility to accommodate your time commitments through a blend of live and self-paced.

Proven learning methods
Rely on validated tools and frameworks, drawing from our extensive training expertise to provide a reliable and effective learning experience.

Captivating course design
Immerse yourself in courses crafted to be engaging, thought-provoking, challenging and enjoyable.

Wisdom from sector leaders
Gain valuable insights and practical tips from seasoned practitioners.

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Questions? Book a one-on-one with us.

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