Learn about both entrepeneurship and consultancy.
Meet people in the business
Get in touch with large companies and startups.
Grow your network
Meet like-minded people and make friends for a lifetime.
Impact the Dutch business community
Directly apply what you've learned and help the community.
The Utrecht University Business Course (UUBC) was created in 2012 for UU master’s students that want to go beyond academic training by making a mark on the world outside. The stand out feature of our business course is that it is not exclusive for students that enrolled in business oriented programmes. Rather, this course is aimed at thinkers and researchers that have honed their academic capabilities and, in doing so, realise that starting a company is the correct step for them to see their ideas realised.
The UUBC 12-week program starts in February 2020 and lasts till May. Every week you attend a 2-hour workshop at different locations. In addition, you will need ±4-6 (or more) hours a week to work on the challenges with your team in order to develop your ideas.
The introduction weekend kicks off the UUBC journey. You will share your visions with one another and, by the end of the weekend, you will have made connections with people you could form a team with to tackle the first half of the programme.
In a series of workshops led by experienced professionals, you will develop teams around a start-up idea. Your team will get the freedom to work on an entrepreneurial idea and bring it to fruition. With a support network of alumni and enthusiastic entrepreneus you will taste the freedom, pleasure, and pressure of being an entrepreneur.
Through workshops given by current consultants from top firms, you learn about the consultancy tools used in constructing solutions for the many needs of a company. You will be tasked with solving a single problem for a particular (real!) company; a great opportunity to network and practice these tools. After presenting your solution to the clients, the best one will receive an award.
In the first part of the course, your group will develop a start-up idea. You will learn how to validate your ideas and work your way to a feasible product. Learn about marketing, finance and all other business aspects to make a realistic business plan. Get in touch with your future customers and start building something great. At the end of the course, you will pitch your ideas to an audience of investors and experts.
In the second part of the course, you will learn what it’s like to work as a consultant. Each team will be assigned a real problem to solve. The following weeks, you will attend workshops from real consultants, working at top firms. Practical analyses, techniques and effective communication skills are part of the secret to become a savvy consultant. With guidance of these consultants you will learn to systematically tackle the case and present it in an effective manner.
During the program, you will work intensely in a team together with five other students with different backgrounds. As a team you will have to solve complex problems and generate your own ideas. Working this way provides a great opportunity to see different viewpoints and improve your teamwork skills.
During the course, you will not just learn new theories. The program is focused on getting out in the real world and gain valuable experience that is applicable in real-life situations. Taking initiative and working together is key during this program. We will help you with the right knowledge and support, everything else is completely up to you!
Are you ready to take this opportunity?
Not sure yet? Maybe our own prince Constantijn can convince you
...Or maybe our alumni can
An impression from the last UUBC edition