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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsExploring Entrepreneurship


The core of the teaching team are its founding fathers:

  • Prof. dr. A.J. Chepurenko, National Research University - Higher School of Economics
  • Prof. dr. A.J. Groen, University of Groningen and University of Twente
  • Prof. dr. T. Vorley, The University of Sheffield
Apart from them, the program will feature guest lecturers on the core themes of the summer school, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
Aard Groen
Prof. Aard Groen

Aard Groen holds a double position: professor of Innovative Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente, and leads since 2001 NIKOS, the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship. He is also since 2012 professor of Entrepreneurship and Valorisation at the University of Groningen, and is dean of entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, Groen is developing VentureLab International, among others in VentureLab Twente and VentureLab North in Groningen, where VLN is focusing on a.o. energy and health businesses.

Groen teaches on innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and business development, and is designer and leader of Venture Lab International an ambitious facility to support high tech high growth enterprises. Currently in Twente and Groningen this is also an important living lab to teach and research entrepreneurship.

Alexander Chepurenko
Prof. Alexander Chepurenko

Prof.dr. Alexander Chepurenko is Dean of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the National research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He also currently holds such positions as Professor of Economic Sociology at the Higher School of Economics, Head of a research unit at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Science, and President of the National Institute for Strategic Investigations of
Entrepreneurship Problems, Moscow.

His research interests include institutional analysis of private economy in Russia (especially of small business and entrepreneurship), comparative research of transition economies, empirical economic sociology, social market economy in Germany and its importance for transforming societies. Prof. Chepurenko strives for maintaining high professional standard in his field and serves on boards of professional associations. Since 2007 he holds the position of a Vice-President of the Community of Professional Sociologists of Russia. Till recently he has also served as Vice-President of the Russian Sociologic Society and Vice-President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

For years, prof. Chepurenko has been stimulating international collaboration between Russia and EU by leading diverse research teams, working on the Russian report for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor studies, and providing opportunities for international studies for his students. His publications include more than 180 works in Russian and 40 publications in foreign languages (in English and German).

For his devotion to and achievements in research, education and dissemination of knowledge about entrepreneurship, in 2012 prof. Chepurenko has been awarded a title of a “Honored worker of science and technology of the Russian Federation” by the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation.

Tim Vorley
Prof. Tim Vorley

Tim is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School and member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). He is currently on secondment with InnovateUK working to support the development of innovation policy and programmes to support the competitiveness of businesses in the UK, and has previously been a visiting researcher at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills in Whitehall.

Tim’s research interests are in the field of entrepreneurship and economic development, employing an institutional approach to examining the resilience and competitiveness of entrepreneurs. Over the last 10 years the empirical focus of Tim’s research has included Europe and Asia.

Tim teaches on Corporate Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and Entrepreneurial Economies, and he is also involved in coordinating a number of EU project on entrepreneurship and enterprise funded under Framework Programme 7 and Horizon 2020. Currently in Twente and Groningen this is also an important living lab to teach and research entrepreneurship.

Last modified:02 October 2018 1.07 p.m.