Entrepreneurial

New land, new lives, new businesses: refugee entrepreneurs look to the future

New land, new lives, new businesses: refugee entrepreneurs look to the future

All entrepreneurs are inspired by the dream of creating something new. For refugee entrepreneurs, building a business goes hand in hand with building a new life in a new land. How do they establish viable enterprises and find meaningful work for themselves and others? Tracy Brown Hamilton talks to Jarrod Ormiston, assistant professor in social entrepreneurship at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, about his research into these questions.

The future is ‘sunglasses-bright’ for SBE alumnus Lars Pacbier and his company FB4

The future is ‘sunglasses-bright’ for SBE alumnus Lars Pacbier and his company FB4

Born and raised in Heerlen, Lars Pacbier remains proudly connected to the city he describes as “having come a long way from being one of the major crime cities in the Netherlands” to winning the 2016 World Travel and Tourism Council’s Best Travel Destination in the World Award. In fact, Lars and his company FB4 have become one of the driving forces responsible for attracting international attention to Heerlen and the surrounding areas.

SBE alum Arend-Jan Majoor launches foundation to make nappy recycling a reality

SBE alum Arend-Jan Majoor launches foundation to make nappy recycling a reality

Last year, while changing the nappy of his 2,5-year-old son, Charlie, Arend-Jan Majoor realized a way to combine two of his strongest passions: entrepreneurship and social consciousness. Majoor, who earned his masters at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (UM SBE) in 2007, is the founder of the Dutch nappy recycling foundation, Luierrecycling Nederland.

Meet the Base participants: Maastricht’s entrepreneurial minds

Meet the Base participants: Maastricht’s entrepreneurial minds

In the past month, several articles have been published covering the LaunchBase programme, the entrepreneurial eco-system in Maastricht and the opportunities and challenges for founders associated with it, as well as some of the events which are tailored to foster entrepreneurship within the Limburg region. But who are the young minds which are participating in the current round of Base, a a pre-incubator programme that provides its members with entrepreneurial knowledge, ideas and networks?

Willem van de Kerkhof, co-founder of Creaforti and SBE alumnus warns: “Don’t become an entrepreneur for the money”

Willem van de Kerkhof, co-founder of Creaforti and SBE alumnus warns: “Don’t become an entrepreneur for the money”

Former director of Creaforti and Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE) alumnus Willem van de Kerkhof spoke with us about entrepreneurship and its challenges. As one of the founders of Creaforti back in 2004, van de Kerkhof saw his company flourish: Creaforti is a KPN excellence partner and a Vodafone solutions partner. He shared with us his experiences of the launch, the growth and his exit from the company.