IBA (Bachelor) Entrepreneurship & Small Business


Course Name: 
IBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Course Type: 
Course Sector: 
Business & Finance
Course Duration: 
3 - 4 Years


Entry Points Per Year: 
6 x entry per year possible
Next Starting Date(s): 
4 December 2017, 12 February 2018, April 2018 ...MORE DATES
Degree or Qualification: 
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Tuition Fee: 
Annual: €9.800
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Accrediation: NVAO (under IBA), FIBAA (as EBA - Entreprenerial Business Administration)



Please provide me information regarding the Bachelor in Entrepreneurship

This programme is offered at the Amsterdam Campus

Students who choose the Bachelor of International Business Administration pathway of Entrepreneurship & Small Business are often interested in starting their own company at the end of their studies. This Wittenborg Universty EBA degree programme is challenging and fully packed with business and entrepreneurship projects based on the format used in the well known BBC series The Apprentice.

The Entrepreneurship programme is for students who know that they would like to start and run their own business, and who want the support and tools that a Bachelor programme in Entrepreneurship and SME Management can give them. Students will be required to have an international outlook, and speak good English.

These students will have ambition, optimism and good general communication skills. They will be imaginative, artistic, conceptual thinkers and have good social networks.

The EBA pathway will enable future entrepreneurs to more readily adapt to the changing environment, through the use of their learned skills, competencies and knowledge, thus also maximizing the avoidance of company failure. In cases where companies do fail, trained entrepreneurs will be more capable of ensuring continuation than those who are not specifically educated in the field of entrepreneurship.

Wittenborg Business School has developed a unique programme called Entreprenerial Business Administration, which has been accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (see Benefits of FIBAA Accrediation). The EBA will replace the IBA specialisation in September 2013, and current students will be able to switch from IBA to EBA..

Please contact us for more information regarding applications.

Course Content

These programs will prepare students to understand much deeper in the concept of entrepreneurship and allow them to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of a real entrepreneur, so that they can immediately start their own business during their final year of IBA study.

A real entrepreneur will then be born. Modules include Opportunity and Lead Creation, Entrepreneurial Behaviour, Business Start-ups and Business Plans, Bootstrapping & Raising Finance, Sales Pipeline Management.

The Entrepreneurship Bachelor programme is divided into three distinct parts:

The Bachelor Programme Entrepreneurial Business Administration is aimed at highly motivated business students who are looking for a BBA which provides a combination of academic challenges and application within an intense international environment, in which they learn to start their own business.

Students understand that a broad BBA also provides them with a solid base from which to start their careers or further their academic studies, and is divided over 3 Phases. The EBA programme is structured within the module / block system which maintains a balance of core business subject modules, specialist subject modules and practical experience modules. Throughout the programming, Personal Development Plan, Tutoring and Foreign Languages represent the thread of skills and competency learning. 

Phase 1 – (Theory)

Phase 1 is a general freshman year focusing on text book theory required for all related management courses. Students study in mixed disciplined classes (all specialisations together), however are expected to show their chosen Specialisation field in their essays / papers / project work.

Phase 2 -  (From Theory to Planning)

Phase 2 all disciplines is a separate course of modules specifically related to the chosen field as well as more general modules. The focus of year 3 is planning and many modules will be examined through cases and planning e.g. a Marketing Plan for the module Marketing. The year also includes the completion of a Business Plan and other specific Entrepreneurship Modules

Phase 3 - (Towards Strategy and Practice)

Phase 3 modules or the "Final year", in which students study the strategic modules of management, fulfill their special Work Preparation Module, as well as complete the year with their research assignment, the graduation dissertation. Students are also given the chance to test the robustness of their Business Plan in Business Start-ups and Business Plan Execution, as well as instigate a full business start-up in their Work Placement module.

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
Accounting & Bookkeeping Family Businesses Cost Accounting & Management
Intercultural Management Business Start-ups & Business Plans Entrepreneurship & Society
Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship Sales & Export - (seminar) Entrepreneurs in Economic Downturn
Small Business Environment - (seminar) International Trade Risks Corporate Entrepreneurship
Modern Principles of Marketing Procurement & Production - (seminar) Corporate Social Responsibility
Management, Leadership & The Organisation Business Philosophy Business Plan Execution
Introduction to Finance Entrepreneurial Behaviour Research Methodology & Quantitative Methods
European Law Business Accounting - (seminar) Business Research Methods
Training in Interpersonal Skills Enterprise Technology & Innovation Strategic Marketing
TIPS - Interviewing Skills - (seminar) Sustainable Business - (seminar) Marketing in Turbulent Times
TIPS - Effective Meeting Strategic Innovative Entrepreneurship International Marketing for SMEs
TIPS - Peak Performance - (seminar) The Challenge of Business Ethics - (seminar) International Marketing in Practice
TIPS - Feedback & Group Interaction Information Management Entrepreneurship in Organisations
Enterprise Formation Bootstrapping & Raising Finance - (seminar) Entrepreneurship Cases
Sociology & Organisational Behaviour - (seminar) Angels & Dragons Human Resource Management
Marketing Mix Marketing Plan - (seminar) Strategic Human Resources Management
- (seminar) Digital Marketing Managing Organisations 2nd Foreign Languages /
Managing Sales & Accounts Financial & Risk Management Intercultural Business Communication for Managers
New Business Environment Sales Pipeline Management PDP 3 - Personal Development Plan & Tutoring
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Enterprise Diagnostics & Evaluation Work Placement Module
International Law in Business & Commerce 2nd Foreign Languages Graduation Assignment
2nd Foreign Languages PDP 2 – Personal Development Plan & Tutoring  
PDP 1 – Personal Development Plan & Tutoring and Academic English PDP Seminar - Managing Diversity  
PDP Seminar - Business Presentation Skills PDP Seminar - Negotiation  
PDP Seminar - Project Management Game PDP Seminar - Consulting Skills  
PDP Seminar - Leadership in Business Environment PDP Seminar - Tapping your Creativity  
PDP Seminar - Team Building PDP Seminar - Conflict Management  
PDP Seminar - Effective Time Management 6 x “Apprentice “Project Weeks & In-company Visits  
6 x “Apprentice “Project Weeks & In-company Visits    


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Bachelor Programmes

High School Diploma or final certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands VWO, HAVO or MBO level 4 diploma / UK AS & A Level or BTEC. Please contact the Admissions Office to receive High School diploma comparisons. Please note: Advanced Placement / Credit Transfer Possible.

Direct Entry to Final Year Bachelor Programme (Top-Up)

Students with successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits in a related business or economic field are able to enter directly into the Final Year Programme (80 credits - please see 'Top-Up Degree' descriptions). Wittenborg's Graduation and Examination Board will decide on entry based on credit transcripts and qualifications presented.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6 or TOEFL Equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

Not got the English language level requirements? Inform about our Foundation Programme here.

The Industry

Wittenborg University offers a 3-4 year Bachelor programme in Entrepreneurial Business Administration, preparing you in starting your own business. You can even start your company during your studies as many students at Wittenborg has proven in the past.

Professional Profile

An entrepreneur in business can fulfil two main functions; the driver of new business ventures itself (entrepreneur), or the driver of innovation and change within existing business (intrapreneur). The profile only essentially differs between these two roles in the requirements of the level of ability to take risk and aptitude for taking opportunity. Both the ability to judge risk and being aware of opportunity are competencies required at both ends of this profile’s spectrum.

An Entrepreneur requires the ability to lead and motivate people. This will be during business start-ups and project launches, but also in times of change and innovation implementation. The Entrepreneur will understand the need for good communication skills and have a good understanding of society, economics and sustainability. The Entrepreneur will have skills of selling ideas and products, winning commitment, and presenting and executing business plans. Understanding the need for stable and solid management within a company, large or small is important. An entrepreneurial business person in modern day Europe needs to be able to communicate with people across the continent and across the world, and requires the ability to understand the effects of national and international governments on the business ventures they are involved in. Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs need the ability to look at problems and risks from a holistic view point and find solutions and manage risk through innovation. They need to have a good understanding of finance and fiscal matters and be able to knowledgably communicate with people supporting them through accountancy, or human resource or information services, and be able to lead these people.

Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are successful because they can quickly understand complex situations that require them to plan and make strategic decisions, and work on a multitude of business ideas and projects at the same time. They have a solid understanding of marketing design and implementation. Being able to develop business ideas simultaneously requires an ability to determine and understand important details, pinpoint alternatives and continuously evaluate and review business processes. A characteristic of entrepreneurs is that they have the ability to fully devote and commit themselves to achieving their long term business objectives and goals, and that this energy is also directly translated into the short term objectives.

Career Prospects

The Bachelor Programme in Entrepreneurship is aimed at highly motivated business students who are looking for a BBA which provides a combination of academic challenges and application within an intense international environment.The profession - an Entrepreneur / Intrapreneur

As described in the chart above, Wittenborg sees the possible professions of a graduate from the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship in four inter-related sections, between which there is often and natural overlap:

The (Serial) Entrepreneur

This is seen as someone who is committed to starting businesses and companies from scratch and making them a success.

The Independent Self Employed Business Person

This is seen as a person who directs and manages a company, an SME. This could be the owner of a family driven business, or a business person who buys and takes over an existing business. This can also be an entrepreneur who has started a business through innovation and remains directing and managing that company, without selling or leaving to start a new venture.

The second in command in an SME

This, extremely important entrepreneur is the most common non-executive entrepreneur in small business. An entrepreneur, as the number 2 in an SME is a vital position as it enables the company to develop in an innovative and goal orientated manner, with a careful balance of risks and opportunities. This kind of Intrapreneur is someone who has had experience of business or project start-ups and project management, and has now reached the moment where the experience and knowledge gained can be used to support another entrepreneur.

The Corporate Intrapreneur

This entrepreneurial role is becoming increasingly important within companies and organisations, as well as non-profit and governmental organisations, as they are forced to change, develop and innovate in the modern economy and business environment. Corporations require entrepreneurial business leaders who alongside their leadership qualities have a broad range of business skills and competencies and business administration knowledge.

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